Submitted by: Joanne Meyer, MNO Director of Intergovernmental Relations with excerpts from

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(L-R) The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of
Indigenous and Northern Affairs; Bill Morrison, MNO
CRMC Senator; Peter Schuler, First Nations Elder; Naulaq
LeDrew, Inuit Elder; and, the Honourable Chrystia
Freeland, Minister of International Trade. Click here to view
a larger version of the picture.

On September 9, 2016, Senator Bill Morrison, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Credit River Métis Council (CRMC) Senator, attended the Progressive Trade conference in Toronto. The conference was aimed at growing federal-Indigenous relations on international trade and investment initiatives.

The conference allowed the opportunity for federal ministers, including the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P., Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, to meet with national Indigenous organizations, modern treaty signatories and Indigenous business and academic communities to discuss trade topics.

MNO Senator Morrison was one of many participants invited to share their views on trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

“Today’s discussions with Indigenous leaders highlight our government’s commitment to a whole-of-government approach to building a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Minister Bennett. “We took a step forward by finding ways that Indigenous people can play a role in shaping Canada’s international trade.”

Published on: October 4, 2016