Liberal minister to testify after heated testimony from Metis, First Nations groups

By Alessia Passafiume THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- As Indigenous leaders engage in heated debate over a federal bill that would formalize several Metis self-governance agreements, the Liberal minister for Crown-Indigenous relations is expected to face tough questions on Wednesday afternoon. While the leaders of Metis groups in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario say the legislation would unlock new opportunities and foster a new relationship with Ottawa, prominent First Nations voices are raising concerns about irreparable damage to treaty rights. They say that with the bill, the federal government is essentially giving Metis organizations a blank sheet of paper to write treaties on, with no oversight. Now it’s Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree’s turn to take questions at the House of Commons Indigenous and northern affairs committee, which has been studying Bill…

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