BRANDON, MANITOBA (September 11, 2010) – Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development addressed Métis delegates at the 42nd Annual General Assembly of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) on Saturday, September 11. Mrs. Glover attended the event on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.
Mrs. Glover, a Métis woman from Manitoba, delivered a speech that congratulated the Métis leadership on their progress with issues like governance and economic development, highlighting their success with partnerships. Working in collaboration with the province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada, the Federation has managed to establish key institutions in the community, such as the Louis Riel Institute.
"The future is bright for Métis people," said Mrs. Glover. "For all of this progress, however, much work remains to be done to ensure that Métis people can participate fully in the prosperity of this country. That will require the contribution of several groups, and the fact that the Federation is an active partner fills me with confidence."
Mrs. Glover also participated in a signing ceremony with the MMF to reinforce the federal government's commitment to provide $55 million over the next four and a half years to support employment assistance services and work placement opportunities for Aboriginal people in Manitoba. This funding will come through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy.
"The Government of Canada supports Aboriginal people taking full advantage of economic opportunities," said Ms. Glover, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy is part of a government-wide approach to help Aboriginal people secure sustainable and meaningful employment."
Working in association with the Métis National Council, provincial governing members such as the Manitoba Métis Federation, and other partner organizations, the Government of Canada is moving forward in addressing the key priorities set out in the Métis Nation Protocol.
Under the Protocol, the Government of Canada is committed to taking steps to ensure that Métis share fully in economic opportunities across Canada. The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development is planning to host a second Métis Economic Development Symposium in partnership with provincial governments and Métis leadership early next year.
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