Saskatchewan Metis Cast Envious Eyes to Manitoba
Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 14:25
It appears the Manitoba government is prepared to recognize the new harvester cards being issued by the Manitoba Metis Federation.
Manitoba Premier Gary Doer made the commitment during the federation’s annual assembly this past weekend.
The two sides have been at odds for a couple of months over the controversial cards.
But now, the Manitoba government is willing to give the Metis the same hunting rights as status Indians as long as the Metis follow all of the rules under the Manitoba Conservation Act.
Manitoba Metis leader David Chartrand hopes provinces like Saskatchewan follow Manitoba’s lead.
The Saskatchewan government has indicated it’s not willing to negotiate Metis hunting rights until the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan election controversy has been resolved.
The province is waiting for a review of the election from an independent investigator.