TORONTO, ON –– There is more evidence that the relationship between the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the province, which began with the 2008 MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement continues to develop in a way that benefits all Métis in Ontario following a two-day collaborative workshop on consultation and accommodation.

The workshop was co-hosted by the MNO and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA). In his opening remarks MAA Minister Chris Bentley said “the relationship between Ontario and the MNO is stronger than it has ever been, but not as strong as it will be after this workshop.”

MNO President Gary Lipinski remarked, “The Collaborative Workshop and Ontario’s $60 million dollar commitment to the New Relationship Fund reaffirms Ontario’s commitment to help Métis communities build capacity so that they participate in a meaningful way in the resource economy in the province.”

The Collaborative Workshop was part of an on-going series of workshops sponsored by MAA, meant to encourage and stimulate discussion on a range of consultation-related matters amongst Aboriginal partners, government and industry. The Métis specific Collaborative Workshop in Toronto on March 22 and 23, 2010 brought together fifty MNO leaders and citizens, fifty private industry representatives, and fifty government officials.

“By exploring best practices and discussion of the challenges in consultation and accommodation, all the participants came away from the sessions with a greater awareness of Métis issues and a better understanding of the MNO and it’s unique governing structure,” President Lipinski said. “The end result is a strengthened relationship with industry and government.”

For more information, contact

Joanne Meyer, Director of Intergovernmental Relations

P: 416-977-9881