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Métis Nation Welcomes Reappointment of Minister John Duncan

Ottawa, ON (May 18, 2011) –  Métis National Council President Clément Chartier has written to the Hon. John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, to congratulate him on his reappointment to that portfolio.

“During the election campaign, the Conservative Party reaffirmed the importance of the Métis Nation Protocol as the basis of the government’s productive relationship with the Métis Nation,” stated President Chartier. “I wrote to the Prime Minister soon after May 2, expressing my hope that the continuity and stability offered by a majority government will enable Canada and the Métis Nation to make further strides. Today’s reappointment of Minister Duncan marks a first step in that direction as he and I have developed a very collaborative relationship in our joint efforts under the Protocol to enhance opportunities for Métis people.”

President Chartier also commended Prime Minister Harper on his appointment of two Aboriginal Cabinet members, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Pensahue.  Moreover, the Métis National Council supports the renaming of the Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, a change that better reflects the scope of the ministry’s relationships with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation.

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For more information contact:

Adrian Mrdeza, Communications Officer at (613) 232-3216

The MNC represents the Métis Nation in Canada at the national and international levels. The Métis Nation’s homeland includes the 3 Prairie Provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the northern United States. There are approximately 350,000 – 400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada, roughly a quarter of all Aboriginal peoples in the country.

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