OTTAWA, December 11, 2017 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario are committed to working together to promote reconciliation and build stronger relationships through cooperative and respectful dialogue. “Today, Ontario signed a tripartite framework agreement with Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario that will become a building block for cooperation. Ontario welcomes the federal government`s leadership in promoting reconciliation with Métis, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario. By signing a historic framework agreement, the parties have today taken an important step in their important joint work. In the framework agreement, Canada, Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario will begin negotiations to find common and balanced solutions that promote reconciliation and promote the well-being of the citizens of the Métis nation in Ontario. “Today`s tripartite framework agreement is an exciting step in promoting reconciliation with The Métis Nation of Ontario. Ontario looks forward to building an even stronger relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario and working with the federal government. “As the homeland of the Supreme Court of Canada`s pioneering decision on Métis rights in R. v. Powley, the signing of this framework agreement has special significance for the Metis nation of Ontario.
This agreement presents a new way forward, in which Métis self-administration, rights and outstanding claims can be dealt with through negotiation, not just by the courts. This is truly an exciting day for our citizens and métis communities here in Ontario. Quotes: “Today, with the Ontario government, we are taking a big step forward on our shared path to reconciliation with the Métis nation of Ontario. We are setting the conditions for renewing the relationship between government and government through a cooperative dialogue that will help end the status quo and build a better future for the Métis people of Ontario. The framework agreement will create a process for discussion on developing a relationship between the Crown and the Métis Nation of Ontario. Areas of common interest and key themes for future negotiations, such as Méti`s autonomy, health, housing, education and a tripartite consultation protocol, are also mentioned. David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Ontario .