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Metis hopeful with MP in charge

North Island MP John Duncan (left) is sworn as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development by Wayne Wouters (right), clerk to the Privy Council, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on, last week. - Submitted
North Island MP John Duncan (left) is sworn as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development by Wayne Wouters (right), clerk to the Privy Council, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on, last week.
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Metis National Council President Clément Chartier has written to the MP John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, to congratulate him on his reappointment to that portfolio.

“During the election campaign, the Conservative Party reaffirmed the importance of the Metis Nation Protocol as the basis of the government’s productive relationship with the Metis Nation,” said Chartier. “I wrote to the Prime Minister soon after May 2, expressing my hope that the continuity and stability offered by a majority government will enable Canada and the Metis Nation to make further strides. Today’s reappointment of Minister Duncan marks a first step in that direction as he and I have developed a very collaborative relationship in our joint efforts under the Protocol to enhance opportunities for Metis people.”

The Metis Nation’s homeland includes the 3 Prairie Provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the northern United States.

There are approximately 350,000-400,000 Metis Nation citizens in Canada.

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