MN-S rebuilding its infrastructure
- EFN Staff | October 16, 2017
After seeing its funding reinstated and under a new election mandate, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MN-S) re-established its relationship with the federal government. MN-S is now busy rebuilding its government infrastructure and tackling priorities issues.
In recent years, the Supreme Court of Canada decisions have redefined Métis standing in Canada. With that comes the responsibility and requirement to determine some measure of reconciliation to resolve rights and outstanding claims under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. In light of this, the MN-S is presently negotiating agreeable terms within a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Canada to enable both parties to search and reach toward just and lasting settlements.
Glen McCallum, President of the MN-S, said that after a few years of less than progressive activity, it is extremely important that the MN-S prioritize commitments to advance and build effective governance structures which will move Saskatchewan Métis forward.
“There is an unbelievable level of opportunity and potential which we must take advantage of,” said McCallum in a media release. “We must not be distracted from our mandate and our objectives and commitments. Paramount to our growth, at this point, is to ensure we create strong intergovernmental relationships and to ensure our people benefit as a result.”
With restored federal funding, a new MN-S central office has been established in Saskatoon, hiring administrative and technical staff. In addition, 12 offices have been setup across the province to help register Métis citizens – which will enable clear identification in affirming of Métis subsistence hunting and harvesting rights.
MN-S Provincial Secretary Lisa McCallum expressed her satisfaction in enabling MN-S to invest broadly across the organization.
“The intent was always to build the right balance of investing between our government’s central core operations along with ensuring capacity in our communities and the regions,” she said. “As we formulate additional strategic priorities, we can further maximize our budgets to serve our citizens more effectively.”
The MN-S has begun discussions toward rekindling its relationship with the Government of Saskatchewan. President Glen McCallum on behalf of the Provincial Métis Council expresses appreciation for the strength and resilience of its affiliate organizations. The Provincial Métis Council will soon announce the date and venue for a legislative assembly.