OTTAWA, December 17, 2018 /CNW/ - Together, Canada and the Métis are working towards a renewedrelationship, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Gerald Cunningham, President of the Metis Settlements
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.
"We are so proud to sign this Framework Agreement today, which clearly sets out a path to guide negotiations towards greater self-determination for the eight Métis Settlements. We thank President Cunningham for his leadership on this, and we look forward to continuing our work together to move forward on priorities determined by these communities."
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 CunninghamMetis Settlements General Council
Metis Settlements General Council
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