The MNO-Ontario Bilateral Process, funded by the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs ensures an ongoing relationship between MNO and the province. Regular meetings between MNO leadership and Ontario Government Ministers throughout the fiscal year raises awareness on Métis issues and advances Métis priorities.
These meetings include:
- Regular meetings between the MNO President and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, to discuss mutual priorities including the New Relationship Fund and Métis inclusion in Resource Benefits Sharing;
- An annual meeting between the MNO President, the Premier of Ontario, and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, to discuss the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, the New Relationship Fund and initiatives to recognize Métis contributions to the province; and
- Meetings between the MNO President, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the Minister of
- Tourism, Minister for Economic Development and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to discuss issues of mutual interest.
New Relationship Fund
The New Relationship Fund was created in 2008 to build core capacity at the community level for Métis and First Nations to facilitate consultations relating to lands and resources. The funding the MNO received in 2008/2009 laid the foundation for long term capacity building within the MNO because it lead to the creation of the Lands, Resources and Consultations Branch. This will enable the MNO to support Community Councils and Regional Consultation Protocol units in dealing with ongoing requests for consultation.
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