Metis Leader Praises Multi-Government Dialogue

Tuesday, November 03, 2009 at 13:24



A Metis leader says he’s pleased both the provincial and federal governments have begun meeting with Aboriginal groups, after a four-year gap.


Clem Chartier of the Metis National Council says he’s hopeful significant progress can be achieved through the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group.


Last week in Toronto, Chartier and other Aboriginal leaders talked with senior officials from the two levels of government.


The two sides agreed that education and economic development should be regarded as priorities in the effort to improve conditions for grassroots progress.


Chartier says dialogue is key to achieving real progress.


“It opens up opportunities for the Metis Nation if we continue working at the ministers’ level. I mean, the more engaged we are in dialogue, the better it is,” he says.


Chartier says the group has agreed to meet next year to continue this joint effort.