MNO President Margaret Froh (centre) alongside Métis
Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras (left) and Métis
Nation British Columbia President Clara Morin-Dal Col
(right) sign the Canada-Métis Nation Early Learning and
Child Care Accord on March 6, in Ottawa. Click here to
view a larger version of this picture.

Taking a step toward improving the lives of Métis families and children, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) signed the historic Canada-Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Accord on March 6, 2019.

The Accord, co-developed with the federal government, makes an investment in the MNO to design and deliver early learning and child care services and programs for Ontario Métis children. It also allows the MNO to determine its own early learning and child care priorities, and to develop new and culturally relevant programs and services for Métis families and children.

The Accord was signed by Mr. Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament for Nepean, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development; Métis National Council President Clément Chartier; MNO President Margaret Froh; Métis Nation – Saskatchewan President Glen McCallum; Métis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras; Métis Nation of British Columbia President Clara Morin Dal Col; and Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand in Ottawa.

“Today is a great day for our Métis families and children, who have been vocal about needing more support and greater services. This Accord recognizes the important role of Metis governments in designing, developing and delivering programs based on the needs and realities of Métis families and communities,” stated MNO President Froh.

MNO acknowledges an investment of more than $45 million over the next 10 years and will be engaging with Métis families and communities in Ontario to move this forward.

Early learning and child care was identified as a priority for Canada and the Métis Nation in the Canada-Métis Nation Accord, signed in 2017. In 2018, the MNO signed the Métis Nation Skills and Employment Accord and the Canada-Métis Nation Housing Sub-Accord to address those priority areas. Early learning and child care is also a key subject matter for negotiations under the MNO-Canada-Ontario Framework Agreement.

Posted: March 7, 2019

Updated: January 16, 2020