MNS Area Director Taking Aim At Presidency

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 15:19



A long-time Metis politician has declared his intention to run for president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan.


Philip Chartier has recently sat on the Provincial Metis Council as the area director for the MNS region based in Buffalo Narrows.


Chartier also once served on the MNS executive from 1989 to 1994 as the organization’s treasurer.


He says he began thinking about taking a run at the MNS presidency a couple of months ago.


Chartier says he’s committed his entire political career to furthering the Metis struggle for a land base, harvesting rights, wealth creation and economic self-sufficiency.


It was announced just yesterday that the new MNS election will be held on June 27th.


Ten people were charged with forgery in connection to the last vote in 2004, but an independent oversight committee is promising stricter controls in next month’s election — including a new registry system and photo ID cards.