December 17, 2018 Ottawa, ON (TBC)
Together, Canada and the Métis are working towards a renewed relationship, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. As we build this new future, reconciliation requires that we acknowledge the wrongs of the past and work collaboratively to respectfully resolve them.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Gerald Cunningham, President of the Metis Settlements General Council, signed a Framework Agreement that outlines areas for discussion and serves as the basis for negotiations of a reconciliation agreement with the eight Settlement councils that comprise the Alberta-based Metis Settlements General Council.
Areas for discussion outlined in the Framework include renewing the government-to-government relationship and supporting healthy, secure and prosperous communities by exploring priorities related to areas such as health, employment and skills development, housing, and child and family welfare.
“To move forward in the true spirit of reconciliation is to move forward on the priorities set by Indigenous communities. I am proud to sign this Framework Agreement which clearly sets out a path to guide negotiations towards greater self-determination for the eight Métis Settlements.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
“It is a great honour for me to sign this historic Framework Agreement on behalf of our Metis Settlements membership. The Framework is an important step on the path of reconciliation and recognition of rights, on a Government to Government, Nation to Nation basis. This historic signing will open doors for us that have never been opened before. Today is a very special day as it marks an important step for the Metis Settlements as we embark on a new path to shape our future for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. It is a time of tremendous opportunity and potential to continue building on the vision of our Elders.”
President Gerald Cunningham
Metis Settlements General Council