The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan and the federal government have signed an updated Métis Nation–Saskatchewan Self-Government Recognition and Implementation Agreement.

The Agreement includes a new commitment to negotiate a constitutionally protected core governance treaty with the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan.

It outlines the path to achieve this final agreement, including the introduction of federal legislation supporting the recognition of this jurisdiction in Canadian law.

“Our Métis ancestors fought for over a century to ensure recognition and respect from Canada, and today we are one step closer to achieving our goal of a constitutionally protected agreement with the federal government. We have worked hard for generations to see this through for our children and their children,” said MN-S President Glen McCallum. “We are nearing a future where our government can be truly rooted in our culture, values, language, and ways of knowing. This updated agreement brings us even closer to this goal.”

Both Ottawa and the MN-S signed an agreement in 2019, committed to achieving self-government for Saskatchewan’s Metis. The Agreement reaffirms the MN-S has jurisdiction over its own internal governance matters, including citizenship, leadership selection, and government operations.

“The Agreement we have signed today will build a stronger government-to-government relationship with the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan to make progress on their priorities for advancing reconciliation and building a better future for the benefit of their citizens,” said Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller.