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June 18, 2021
Winnipeg, MB, in the Métis Nation Homeland – Bill C-15 has passed the third reading in the Senate, leaving Royal Assent as the final step in the bill becoming law.
Bill C-15 requires the Government of Canada, in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, to develop an action plan and align federal laws with The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
“With the passing of Bill C-15 through its third reading in Senate, we affirm our nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship with Canada and our place in the constitution,” said David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). “Bill C-15 ensures we have the standing to work in harmony with political leaders and industry, while protecting our environment and the land we were born to. Our work with Enbridge is a good example of the positive outcomes that can come from consultation, creating economic opportunities within our communities.”
UNDRIP affirms the human rights of Indigenous Peoples across the globe, and complements the work being done in Canada to advance truth and reconciliation. The Métis Nation has participated in ongoing consultation with the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in the development of this legislation. UNDRIP is an important instrument of international law, and it holds a great deal of promise for the Métis Nation. It presents a strong vision for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, built on a foundation of meaningful self-determination.
“The pathway to reconciliation for Métis Nation means taking our rightful place in Canada’s Confederation, and UNDRIP supports that,” said President Chartrand. “It makes it very clear that the duty to consult will be respected and that collaboration with the MMF on matters that affect the Homeland and Citizens will remain a key part of the process. Dialogue and consultation are vital if we truly want to see healing between Canada and the Métis Nation. It’s only by working together that we can create a better Canada for all our children.”
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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the democratic self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis Community is Canada’s Partner in Confederation and the Founder of the Province of Manitoba.
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