The provincial government is affirming its support for the President of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan.

Recently protests have been organized by some members of the Provincial Metis Council and some other groups against Robert Doucette.

Among other things, the protesters are calling for the MNS to release its finances, hold regular meetings, and for the organization to distribute funding to local offices so they can begin registering their members for Metis citizenship.

Rob Norris is the Legislative Secretary for First Nations and Metis Engagement.

He says in every democracy there are always differences of opinion.

But the province is behind the MNS’s duly-elected leader:

“You know Robert Doucette, he’s been doing some very, very good work.  Questions of governance and those issues are addressed by his stakeholders but certainly as a partner he’s been a very consistent and constructive partner for the province so from where we sit it’s been very constructive.”

In recent months Norris has toured Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay, Ile A’La Crosse, Stony Rapids and Cumberland House to hear from young people.