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President Chartier meets with House of Commons Heritage Committee to support Indigenous languages bill

On February 19, 2019, MNC President Chartier spoke by videoconference to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  that is studying  Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous Languages. The Métis Nation supports the legislation that was introduced in the House of Commons on February 5 and the effect it will have on the protection and promotion of the Michif language, the national language of the Métis people and Nation. The legislation was co-developed by Canada, the Métis Nation and First Nations.

The following videos capture President Chartier’s opening remarks to the Committee and the follow-up Q&A session.

Part 1: Opening remarks

Part 2: Q & A

President Chartier corrected Heritage Committee member Georgina Jolibois (MP) who identified two historic Métis communities in her constituency in northwestern Saskatchewan, Isle a la Crosse and La Loche, as Cree and Dene communities respectively. Census 2016 data shows the Métis composing 75% of the population of Isle a la Crosse and close to 50% of the population of La Loche (see exchange in video)

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