Ontario chiefs’ rally turns up the heat on Metis self government legislation

By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter First Nations chiefs and scholars in Ontario addressed a rally on Parliament Hill Sept. 20 and accused the federal government of “modern day colonialism”. The rally was in response to a bill that recognizes self-government for the Metis Nations of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Bill C-53 awaits third and final reading in the House of Commons. “We are the rights holders and it is our territory protected by treaty,” said Chief Wilfred King of the Gull Bay First Nation. At issue is the proposed Act respecting the recognition of certain Metis governments in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan, to give effect to treaties with those governments and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The bill was tabled June 16 as a government motion…

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