OTTAWA — Prior to the election call, the Government of Canada announced a $200 million investment over four years to support the Métis Nation governments’ infrastructure priorities.
The announcement, made Aug. 13 in advance of the federal election being called Aug. 15, “marks an important first federal investment in infrastructure for Métis communities, a reflection of the Government’s commitment to distinctions-based investments reflecting the unique character of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” indicates a release.
The recipients will be the five Métis Governing Members comprising the Métis National Council: Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Metis Federation, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, Métis Nation of Alberta and Métis Nation British Columbia.
The feds also announced $40 million over four years to support the urgent infrastructure priorities in eight Métis settlements of Alberta. The funding will support the Métis settlements’ vision of long-term sustainability by addressing their most urgent short-term needs and will allow the settlements to implement plans describing the administration and delivery of infrastructure programming, adds the release.
Metis Settlements General Council president Herb Lehr commented in a statement: “These funds create hope for our constituents. They offer a brighter future for the youth in our communities so that they too have an opportunity to contribute to a sustainable community, province, and country. The repairing of water and wastewater systems, cisterns and septic systems, roads, community buildings, landfills and housing, allows us to develop a strong foundation for the future that encourages our members and continues on the path of self-determination.”