Government Commitments: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Exploring Stakeholder: "Government of Ontario"

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September 18, 2023

A fire that’s been burning for 173 years 

Spiritual practices observed in Robinson treaties case courtroom are a modern continuity of an ancient tradition A sacred fire (or Shkodeh, as it is known in Anishinaabemowin) has burned every day the Robinson treaties trial has been in session. This landmark case was first heard in 2017. Submitted by Alex Bisson CBC Indigenous: A sacred fire...

September 15, 2023

Métis Nation of Ontario commemorates 20th anniversary of landmark Powley Decision

NationTalk: OTTAWA, ON  – September 19, 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Powley Decision, a pivotal moment in Canadian legal history for the Métis Nation. In 2003, the unanimous Supreme Court ruling in R v. Powley cemented a watershed victory for Métis rights recognition. In honour of this historic milestone, the Métis Nation of...

September 5, 2023

Robinson Huron Waawiidamaagewin gathering full of teachings, activities

Robinson Huron Treaty Chiefs gathered in Sudbury, Ont., with federal and provincial governments on June 17. – Photo by Marci Becking NationTalk: ARDEN RIVER — A Treaty Renewal Ceremony is being held on Sept. 9 at the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie as part of the Robinson Huron Treaty 1850 Gathering. Held...

July 11, 2023

Premiers meeting in Winnipeg starts with discussion with Indigenous leaders

Heather Stefanson, Chair, Council of the Federation, and Premier of Manitoba talks with David Chartrand, Manitoba Metis Federation president, at the Canadian premiers and National Indigenous Organizations meeting in Winnipeg, Monday, July 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods NationTalk: Canada’s premiers kicked off their annual three-day conference Monday by meeting with Indigenous leaders on issues...

June 1, 2023

Métis leaders want introduction, passage of self government legislation this spring

APTN News: Canadian Press – Metis leaders urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government on Thursday to speed up its plans to introduce and pass self-government legislation before Parliament breaks for summer. The leaders met in Ottawa as part of a summit between the Metis National Council and several government ministers. The council is comprised of...

May 17, 2023

Northern Development Ministers’ Forum Focuses on Economic Reconciliation through Action

NationTalk: CHURCHILL, MAN.—Ministers representing Canada’s northern jurisdictions gathered this week in Churchill, Man. for the 2023 Northern Development Ministers’ Forum (NDMF). Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt hosted this year’s forum, which focused on learning from successful examples of economic reconciliation through action across the country. “Manitoba was honoured to welcome our...

March 27, 2023

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare Responds to the Tabling of the 2023 Ontario Budget

NationTalk: (Toronto, Ontario ) – Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare issued the following statement in response to the 2023 Ontario Budget: “On March 23, 2023, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy, tabled the 2023 provincial budget entitled 2023 Ontario Budget: Building a Strong Ontario,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare. “This budget provided an outline...

June 18, 2021

Creation of Super Ministry

Norther Ontario Business – Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry and Ministry of Indigenous Services are all handled by Minister Greg Rickford...

March 3, 2020

Otipemisiwak: A National Conference on Métis Self-Government

Métis governments from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario are gathering next week in Ottawa on March 9 and 10 for a first-of-its-kind conference on Métis self-government. The conference builds on the historic signings of the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSAs) in June 2019. The MGRSAs are the first agreements in Canada to recognize the...

August 19, 2019

State of the Nation Address

President Froh “State of the Nation Address” stressed the importance of the MNO-Canada-Ontario Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation that she described as “monumentally historic.” She stated that the MNO is fully prepared to keep advancing its mandate of self-determination and self-government on behalf of the rights of Metis people throughout Ontario. This she stated “is...

June 29, 2019

Dedicated Ministry of Indigenous Affairs eliminated – The Ministry of Indigenous Services has been integrated into a combined Ministry of Energy, Northern Affairs and Mines, Energy and Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. Under the previous Liberal government those responsibilities had been divided between three individual ministers....

June 27, 2019

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement

This agreement affirms the Métis right of self-government and recognize the mandates of the Métis Nation of Ontario (also Metis Nations of Alberta and Saskatchewan). The agreement also set out next steps to formally recognize the Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law. While the Métis Nation of Ontario already has well-established province-wide governance...

April 12, 2019

Indigenous Relations budget cut

This year its base funding was reduced by 15 per cent to 74.4 million, down from 88 million last year, and there is no allotment for one-time investments such as claim settlements....

April 30, 2018

Framework Agreement on Métis Harvesting

Advances the recognition of Métis rights in the province. The Framework Agreement replaces a previous MNO-MNRF interim agreement from July 2004 as well as consolidates the collaborative work that the MNO and Ontario have undertaken over the last decade with respect to advancing the recognition of Métis rights, including the identification of seven historic Métis...

April 17, 2018

Treaty Relationship Agreement with Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler today marked the signing of the Treaty Relationship Agreement to strengthen the relationship between the province and Nishnawbe Aski Nation. It lays the foundation for more meaningful discussions on priority issues that affect First Nation people and communities, such as economic development, resource development, environmental protection,...

February 15, 2018

Annual Meeting with Premier

The annual meeting with the Premier provides the MNO with the opportunity to discuss its government-to- government relationship with Ontario including updating on key priorities and areas of shared interest and concern. “We provided an overview of the many advancements that have been made by MNO and Ontario working in collaboration as well as highlighting...

December 11, 2017

Framework Agreement to Advance Reconciliation

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario have signed a historic Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation. Under the Framework Agreement, Canada, Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario will begin negotiations toward shared and balanced solutions that advance reconciliation and enhance the well-being of Métis Nation of Ontario...

February 3, 2017

MOU to Advance Reconciliation

Establishes an exploratory discussion table between the MNO and Canada with the goal of arriving at a framework agreement by September 2017. The anticipated framework agreement would establish a formal negotiations process based on mutually agreeable subject matters, including Métis self-government, lands, rights and outstanding claims against the Crown

May 30, 2016

Official Apology

Premier Kathleen Wynne apologized today on behalf of the Government of Ontario for the brutalities committed for generations at residential schools and the continued harm this abuse has caused to Indigenous cultures, communities, families and individuals....

May 30, 2016

Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous People

Investments of $250M/3 yrs + $104.5M annually after. Outline expectations around achieving greater equity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across all dimensions: economic, educational, social, housing, justice system, health, clean environments and land use. Programs and Actions: Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools Closing Gaps and Removing Barriers Creating a Culturally Relevant and...

May 30, 2016

Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous People

Budget commits $250M/3 yrs + $104.5M annually after. “Journey Together” outlines expectations around achieving greater equity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across all dimensions: economic, educational, social, housing, justice system, health, clean environments and land use. Programs and Actions: Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools Closing Gaps and Removing Barriers Creating a Culturally...

May 25, 2016

First Nations Health Action Plan

Ont. First Nations Health Action Plan (3 yrs) Spread across multiple Calls to Action (incl. annual base funding of $77M). Inc. $7.2M in new funding for 2016-17 to ensure Indigenous people have access to more culturally appropriate care and improved outcomes, focusing on the North where there are significant gaps in health services. This investment...

December 1, 2015

Bill 153 Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act

Bill 153 Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act signed between government of Ontario and Métis Nation of Ontario. Both the courts and the legislature have affirmed that the law in this province recognizes our historic and continued existence as an Indigenous people. This is the first Métis-specific legislation in Ontario history

August 24, 2015

Political Accord

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne signed the Accord for the Province, while Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day signed on behalf of the Political Confederacy and Chiefs-in-Assembly. The Accord creates a formal bilateral relationship framed by the recognition of the treaty relationship. The Accord affirms that First Nations have an inherent right to self-government and that the...

November 17, 2008

MNO – Ontario Framework Agreement

Established a collaborative relationship that reinforced the commitment to work together to improve the well-being of Métis children, families and communities while building knowledge and understanding of Métis culture among all Ontarians....

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