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July 18, 2023
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says he is available to broker talks between chiefs in Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario.
Miller made his offer at the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly in Halifax on July 13. It came a day after the chiefs unanimously voted in favour of a resolution to take steps to kill a federal bill that gives the Métis Nations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario self-government.
“I do understand how heated this is and hopefully there will be a space to sit down… and to have a discussion,” said Miller.
The offer stands whether that discussion is between the Chiefs of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario, or between the various section 35 rights holders in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Alberta, or elsewhere in the country as parties advocate for their rights, Miller said. Or the minister would just get out of the way if need be, he said.