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Via Rail station in London, Ontario (picture courtesyof Via Rail). Click here for larger picture.Recently Via Rail started a program that provided discounted fares to Indigenous peoples. Upon investigation, however, it was noticed that within the initial terms of the program there was no provision for Métis inclusion.
Concerned about this exclusion, on June 5, 2017, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Acting President France Picotte wrote Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Via Rail, and brought this issue to his attention. Acting President Picotte wrote: “As one of Canada’s three recognized Aboriginal people we would urge Via Rail to reconsider this approach. The Métis Nation in Canada does have democratically-elected, province-wide governance structures from Ontario westward . . . These governance structures represent the needs and interests of their citizenship and maintain a registry of citizenship upon registration criteria.”
President Desjardins-Siciliano responded to Acting President Picotte on September 11 and informed her that Via Rail had reviewed its criteria for the Indigenous discount to better identify passengers who are eligible including those who are citizens of the MNO. President Desjardin-Siciliano wrote: “ . . . we sincerely thank you for raising these important points. In the spirit of reconciliation, VIA Rail aims to foster stronger and more meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Canada by welcoming them on board our trains.”
Click here for information on the Via Rail Indigenous discount.
Posted: September 22, 2017See ALL news articles