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Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Canada – Métis Bilateral Meetings: Third Summit

June 13, 2019

The leaders reviewed in the third summit progress made over the past year in social and economic policies and programs, governance, and reconciliation. Achievements include historic investments to support:

  • a Métis Nation-led post-secondary education strategy (see C2A # 11)
  • investments to recognize the contributions of Métis veterans during the Second World War (see “E – Future Priorities” above); and
  • enhanced funding for the Métis Capital Corporation to support small and medium-sized businesses.

The Prime Minister and Métis Nation leaders identified new and ongoing priorities for the coming year, including:

  • child and family services
  • education
  • health
  • justice and policing
  • youth and sports, and
  • implementation of Section 35 rights

Participants also discussed the recently signed Post-Secondary Education Sub-Accord with the Métis Nation, which will help make sure Métis Nation students have the opportunities they need to pursue post-secondary education.

During the Summit, the leaders formalized a Canada-Métis Nation Accord on Economic Development, with an investment of $50 million over five years, to support the start-up and expansion of Métis small and medium-sized enterprises.

As outlined in Budget 2019, the Government of Canada is investing $362 million over 10 years and $40 million per year in ongoing support for a Métis Nation-led post-secondary education strategy.