MNC president shares concerns about self-government agreements signed in Ottawa: APTN News Interview
Published on Jul 2, 2019
The president of the Metis National Council has concerns with three self-government agreements signed in Ottawa, last week. The presidents of the Metis organizations in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta signed the agreements with Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett on Thursday. For more, MNC President Clément Chartier joins host APTN National News Host Dennis Ward.
The presidents of the Metis organizations in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta signed the agreements with Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett on Thursday.
For more, MNC President Clément Chartier joins host APTN National News Host Dennis Ward.
In an effort to gain some measure of relevance in the wake of the self-government agreements signed between three of the Metis Nation provincial affiliates and the Government of Canada, a group claiming to represent Metis people has declared that it will be signing the 7th modern "treaty" between their self-declared "nation" and another recently formed group in New Brunswick.
The group, calling itself the "Metis Nation of Canada" (or MNOC) states on its Facebook page that they are signing their 7th partnership treaty on July 12, 2019 with the Metis Nation of Saint-John, N.B. Self-declared Chiefs Karole Dumont and Albert Chaisson are inviting their "citizens" to join them at a yet undisclosed location to attend the signing.
The practice of newly formed groups claiming to represent mixed-blood people is a recent phenomenon that seems to have the purpose of trying to self-legitimize by recognizing each other, since their respective provinces and the federal government have not recognized their claims, despite numerous failed court cases and ignored requests to meet with the government. Further, most Metis people do not view them as being part of the Metis Nation itself. Just last fall, the Metis National Council signed a Memorandum of Agreement condemning these groups with the Mi'kmaq people of Nova Scotia.
Other newly formed groups claiming to represent metis people have signed similar treaties. The Metis Federation of Canada (MFC) - another unrecognized group claiming to represent all Metis people "from coast to coast to coast" - signed three treaties with other groups as publicity events to promote their cause.
Some of these groups even sign treaties with unrecognized groups in the United States, such as one newly formed group in Oregon, USA, who claims to represent any mixed-blooded persons who wants to enroll in their "nation". The Una Nation, formed by a single nuclear family and presided over by a self-styled “king”, claims that it is recognized as a legitimate nation on the basis of signing treaties with the Eastern Woodland Metis Nation Nova Scotia and the Metis Nation of Canada (MNOC). Most recently, this group offered US Senator Elizabeth Warren enrollment in their tribe based on her family story and DNA test showing she had a possible distant ancestor who was Indian.