Last year proved to be a very busy and productive year for the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) at the local, regional and provincial levels. From the federal election, to the hearing of the Harry Daniels v. Canada case at the Supreme Court of Canada, to passage of the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act, the Métis Nation is on the move in 2016!
In order to provide Métis citizens and Métis leadership at the local and regional levels updates on progress being made nationally and provincially, the MNO held a series of Community Information Sessions throughout February in order to provide updates on the following:
- Métis rights and legal issues, including, the pending decision from the Supreme Court of Canada in Harry Daniels v. Canada, Métis harvesting and the development of a Métis claims process to address Métis land and rights related issues;
- The relationship with the federal government, including, the Liberal Party’s commitments to the Métis Nation, the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations and the upcoming Inquiry on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.
- The relationship with the provincial government, including, developments under the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, the passage of the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act in December 2015 and moving forward on implementing this ground-breaking legislation with Métis citizens and Community Councils.
- Updates on programs, services and supports available to Métis citizens across the province in the areas of labour market training, education, health and much more!
For those citizens that are not able to attend these meetings, the materials and presentations from these meetings are available online (see links below).
- Case Summary on Daniels v. Canada
- Liberal Party Policy on Reconciliation with Métis Nation
- MNO President Letter on 2016 Federal Budget
- MNO President Letter on Truth and Reconciliation Committee
MNO Secretariat Act
Supplementary Information: PowerPoint Presentations
- MNO Programs and Services Update
- MNO 101 and MNO Governance
- Understanding the MNO Secretariat Act, 2015
“This is an exciting time for the Métis Nation both provincially and federally! Through these Community Information Sessions, we want to ensure Métis citizens and Community Councils have information about the opportunities before the MNO and to capitalize on those opportunities. It is only by working—together—that we will advance our collective agenda as Ontario Métis,” said MNO President Lipinski.