Métis Nation rights recognition seen as foundation for inclusive economic growth

Métis Nation leaders and legal experts examine economic reconciliation at Public Policy Forum in Winnipeg on November 8, 2017.

In partnership with the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Public Policy Forum presented a conference focused on what reconciliation and inclusive economic growth can mean for the Métis Nation and Canada. The event was the second in a three-part series of conferences focused on Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth. The first, held in Ottawa in February, focused on First Nations. An Inuit-centred conference is planned for March 2018 in Inuvik.

The University of Winnipeg was the site of the Métis Nation focused conference. MNC President Chartier and MMF President David Chartrand each presented ideas on how rights recognition and reconciliation can stimulate economic development and growth for the Métis Nation. They were joined by lawyer Tom Isaac, the former Ministerial Special Representative on Canada-Métis Nation reconciliation, and Métis lawyer Jason Madden who explained the legal concepts and cases that are helping to shape the foundation of economic reconciliation for the Métis Nation.

MMF Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Jack Parke presented on how the MMF has leveraged Métis Nation rights recognition into significant procurement opportunities with Manitoba Hydro and pipeline giant Enbridge through joint ventures with major contractors on projects like the Bipole III transmission line and Enbridge’s Line 3Replacement Program. The conference also featured panel discussions with insights and ideas from Métis women business leaders and Métis Nation youth leaders.

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