WINNIPEG — A new partnership to advance reconciliation and support Métis economic development in Manitoba has been announced.
Western Economic Diversification Canada will contribute $15 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) to help combat socio-economic gaps, encourage Métis economic development and generate jobs for Manitoba’s Métis community.
Officials stated the goal of the partnership is to help increase Métis participation in economic development, support a community-based Métis workforce and business development. Specifically, officials noted one major objective of the partnership will be to increase Métis participation in green construction.
“On behalf of the Manitoba Metis Federation, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for making this much needed investment in the Manitoba Metis Community,” David Chartrand, president of the MMF, said in a statement. “It provides opportunities for us to strengthen the reach of our investments in the economy, increase the number of Métis people in the workforce, and will ensure that the MMF and its businesses are prepared as we begin to rebuild and better our economy in the post-pandemic era.”