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Chiefs of Ontario ask for truths to be shared this holiday season – NetNewsLedger

December 20, 2023

TORONTO – NEWS – The Chiefs of Ontario have released the following statement ahead of the 2023 holiday break:

As we wrap up 2023 and head into the holiday break, the Chiefs of Ontario are sharing their wish list for 2024. Our biggest hope is that 2024 brings long-awaited truths to light regarding unfounded rights assertions and claims to First Nations Ancestral and Treaty territories.

The Chiefs of Ontario call on:

  1. The Métis National Council to commit to a truly transparent process surrounding the Expert Panel that has been tasked with examining the claims surrounding the identification of the Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO’s) seven new so-called “historic Métis communities” in the Ontario region.

Through this transparent process, our hope is that, based on evidence, research reports and expert advice, the MNC learns what First Nations have long known – that the MNO is making unfounded claims to land and rights, including the assertion of the existence of the so-called “new historic Métis communities” in Ontario, and section 35 rights, including harvesting rights, in First Nations Ancestral and Treaty territories which fall outside of the Historic Métis Nation Homeland.

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