At the Annual General Assembly of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg Sept. 22-24, 2017, the Métis Nation in Manitoba celebrated the MMF’s 5oth anniversary and twenty years of dynamic leadership of President David Chartrand.
The event was punctuated by the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the return of Louis Riel artifacts to the MMF and the MNC by RCMP Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, MMF President David Chartrand and MNC President Clément Chartier. The artifacts including a crucifix and hunting knife of the revered Métis Nation leader will be transferred to the Métis National Heritage Centre that will soon be constructed on the site of Upper Fort Garry in Winnipeg where Riel’s Métis Provisional Government was installed in 1869-70.
Métis Nation President Chartier joined in the celebration of the achievements of the MMF and President Chartrand along with a number of dignitaries including the Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources for the Government of Canada, Hon. Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous & Northern Affairs for the Province of Manitoba, and Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development for the Province of Manitoba.
The General Assembly highlighted the steady progress being made by the MMF in its negotiation of a land claim and self-government agreement with Canada and the important partnerships and related business work that the MFF is conducting with Manitoba Hydro and Enbridge whose Presidents were on hand to salute the MMF and President Chartrand.