Ottawa, ON (January 10, 2022) – Yesterday, President Cassidy Caron of the Métis National Council (MNC) made the following statement with respect to marking the 100th day since her historic election on September 30, 2021:
“I am incredibly proud of everything the we have accomplished at the Métis National Council in the first 100 days since my election,” said President Caron. “Whether it’s meeting with federal cabinet ministers, strengthening self-governance for the Métis Nation, or talking to Métis citizens, I remain humbled and grateful that I have been entrusted to carry out this incredibly important work. These last few months have been both challenging and tremendously fulfilling, and I remain committed to honouring this office, our people, and our Nation.”
Since President Caron’s election, the MNC has made great strides toward implementing transparent and accountable governance for the Métis Nation. Some notable achievements in these first 100 days include:
- Convening five meetings of the MNC Board of Governors (BoG), including holding the very first BoG meeting since July 2018, to immediately begin implementing directives from the General Assembly and to continue strengthening the Métis Nation’s governance.
- Launching a comprehensive review of MNC administrative, legal and financial policies and processes, including contracts, agreements, and consulting arrangements that were inherited from the previous administration.
- Restarting the Permanent Bilateral Mechanism with Canada to advance shared priorities, policy, and funding for programs and services that make a real difference for Métis citizens.
- Working collaboratively with the BoG to advance Métis Nation priorities, including the advancement of a Métis Veterans Renewal Strategy and supporting the MNBC’s ongoing negotiations to reach a self-government agreement with Canada.
- Meeting with nine federal cabinet ministers, the leader of the federal NDP, and Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon.
- Rebuilding relationships with other national Indigenous organizations, such as the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
- Sharing the stories, perspectives and successes of the Métis Nation through more than two dozen media events and interviews.
“It has been a busy and extremely productive 100 days,” said President Caron. “I am looking forward to further advancing these priorities – and many others – to continue building a strong and healthy Métis Nation. While these are certainly challenging times, we can do great things when working together on behalf of Métis citizens. The future of our Nation is full of promise, and I look forward to all that we can accomplish together.”