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July 4, 2024

Joint Statement from Chiefs in southern Ontario on the Métis Nation of Ontario’s continued attempts to divide First Nations

NationTalk: The elected Leadership of Beausoleil First Nation, Caldwell First Nation, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Eelŭnaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation), Hiawatha First Nation, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Moose Deer Point First Nation, Munsee-Delaware Nation, Oneida Nation of...

May 28, 2024

Robinson Huron Treaty chiefs denounce Métis Nation of Ontario

A group representing the collective interests of 21 First Nations in Robinson Huron Treaty territory has passed a declaration denouncing the Métis Nation of Ontario — over claims to Indigenous identity and historical Métis communities in the province  James Hopkin First Peoples Law Report: – An Anishinaabe group representing the collective interests of 21...

May 21, 2024

Métis Nation of Ontario accuses Manitoba leaders of hypocrisy, politicking on identity issue

President Margaret Froh says rhetoric at identity fraud summit ‘incredibly offensive’ and ‘beyond gaslighting’ CBC Indigenous: Ontario Métis leaders deny identity theft allegations made at the Indigenous Identity Fraud Summit in Winnipeg last week, accusing opponents of politicizing Métis identity, flip-flopping on past positions and circulating falsehoods. During the two-day meeting, delegates from co-host organizations Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) and...

May 17, 2024

If Canada wants to respect and recognize treaty rights, it must kill Bill C-53

The Globe and Mail: SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL – TANYA TALAGA Ask any First Nations person how they feel about Bill C-53 (An Act Respecting the Recognition of Certain Métis Governments in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan), and odds are, they’ll tell you the bill needs to die. If it passes third reading, the federal bill...

May 16, 2024

Otipemisiwak Métis Government accuses Manitoba Métis Federation of divisive politics

APTN News: The president of the Otipemisiwak Métis Government – formerly known as the Métis Nation of Alberta – says the Manitoba Métis Federation [MMF] needs to stop playing divisive politics. “The Otipemisiwak Métis Government is disappointed in the repeated attempts by the Manitoba Métis Federation to divide the Métis nation,” Andrea Sandmaier said. “We’re...

May 14, 2024

Indigenous Identity Fraud Summit opens with denunciations, statements of solidarity

Métis Nation of Ontario, excluded from summit, says everyone loses by fighting amongst themselves CBC News: First Nations, Inuit and Red River Métis leadership united Tuesday morning in Winnipeg to cement their alliance against what they call Indigenous identity fraud, which they say threatens their very existence as distinct peoples. The two-day summit co-hosted by Chiefs of Ontario...

April 25, 2024

With future of Bill C-53 in doubt, Métis Nation of Ontario exploring all options

APTN News: The president of the Métis Nation of Ontario says the organization will continue to pursue self-government legislation regardless of what happens with Bill C-53. “In fact, there is a commitment to reintroducing a bill identical to Bill C-53 if it ultimately doesn’t pass,” Margaret Froh said. “We have the same option to pursue...

April 25, 2024

Is Métis governance dream dead?

Group’s withdrawal of support puts process in jeopardy The Toronto Star: The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan’s announcement last week that they were withdrawing their support for Bill C-53 — legislation aimed at recognizing Métis self-governance by creating a path for treaties with some Métis governments — has created uncertainty about the bill’s future. The bill has been...

March 4, 2024

Why did Indigenous-led conservation funding set off furious backlash from First Nations?

Canada gave $1.33 million to the Métis Nation of Ontario to protect land. But not everyone agrees the group should be the one protecting it. Ontario First Nations, including Temagami First Nation, are voicing opposition to conservation funding granted to the Métis Nation of Ontario who, they argue, do not have a founded claim to...

February 8, 2024

One substantial amendment accompanies Bill C-53 to Parliament for third reading 

Ron Quintal, president of the Fort McKay Métis Nation, and Nishawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. Ron Quintal, president of the Fort McKay Métis Nation, is pleased with what could arguably be called the only substantial amendment from INAN, the all-party Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee, on Bill C-53. Today,...

January 31, 2024

Funding for environmental project stokes more friction between Métis Nation Ontario and Ontario chiefs

“This is simply just the latest example of the MNO further attempting to claim a land base that historically has never existed in Ontario.” — Chiefs of Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare Chiefs of Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare and Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh. Clarification made Feb. 2 on the small area...

January 21, 2024

Anishinabek Nation leadership confirms position on the Métis Nation of Ontario

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (January 19, 2024) – The Anishinabek Nation wishes to make it unequivocally clear that the recent meeting involving former Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, his former Chief of Staff Bob Goulais, and a former Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) leader did not involve the Anishinabek Nation nor represents the current...

November 23, 2023

Métis National Council president tells MPs self-government bill must pass

Cassidy Caron speaks against ‘misinformation’ concerning Bill C-53 CBC Indigenous: The Canadian government must fulfil its long-standing promise of self-government for the Métis Nation by passing Bill C-53, the president of the Métis National Council told members of Parliament Thursday. “Simply put, it’s time,” Cassidy Caron said in prepared remarks before the House of Commons Indigenous affairs committee...

November 15, 2023

‘We’ve been accused of being Métis deniers’: Trudeau government’s proposed law pits First Nations against Ontario Métis

A new bill recognizing Métis rights in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec is being met with outrage from First Nations and Métis groups. By Joy SpearChief Morris Ottawa Bureau The Toronto Star: A new bill recognizing Métis rights in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec is being met with outrage from First Nations and Métis groups, who say the proposed...

October 27, 2023

Métis presidents urge standing committee to pass Bill C-53 without amendments

“Failing to pass C-53 will hurt all Métis people and the advancement of all Indigenous people in Canada.” —Métis Nation of Alberta President Andrea Sandmaier Métis Nation of Alberta President Andrea Sandmaier, Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Vice President Michelle LeClair. It’s not at this stage in the process...

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