“MgrSA has been the result of the successful promotion of their rights before the Supreme Court of Canada over the past 15 years. These include cases such as R. v. Powley (2003) that Métis s.35 recognized harvesting rights in and around Sault Ste Marie Ontario, and the Harry Daniels v Canada (2016), which recognized the federal government`s role in promoting government-government relations with Aboriginal communities, including Métis. – Margaret Froh, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario The conference builds on the historic signatures of the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSAs) in June 2019. MGRSA is the first agreement in Canada to recognize VonMetis` inherent right to autonomy on the basis of recognition and implementation of Métis rights. This conference will bring together physicians, citizens, federal government officials, legal experts, academics and First Nations who have successfully negotiated modern treaties and self-management agreements. The Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan also signed agreements with Ottawa on Thursday. Canada has agreed to negotiate a self-management agreement with the MNA. A self-management agreement will create a framework for a relationship between Canada and the MNA between the government and the government. It is essential that the self-management agreement recognizes the MNA as a legitimate and independent government, accountable to its citizens. In order for the MNA to fulfil this role, it needs its own constitution. “This will be the basis of our government,” Poitras said.
“We will now develop this Constitution, and we will certainly be engaged with our citizens in the Community to ensure that we do it properly.” The Nation of Alberta and Canada signs a historic agreement in Ottawa (press release) Previous federal governments have argued that the late 19th century Métis scrip program – under which some households issued documents such as banknotes that could be exchanged for land or money for land rights – expropriated The Métis from their rights and freed Ottawa from certain responsibilities. Following the signing of pioneering agreements with Canada and the Province of Alberta, the MNA launched a multi-step approach to the commitment to self-reliance with citizens at the 2018 Symposium on Youth and Seniors in Edmonton.