Metis groups will trudge on toward self government as bill faces another setback

By Alessia Passafiume THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Metis organizations in Ontario and Alberta say they’ll stay on the path toward self-government, despite the uncertain future of a contentious bill meant to do just that. The Metis Nation, Saskatchewan withdrew its support Wednesday for federal legislation designed to recognize Metis governments in the province, as well as in Alberta and Ontario. President Glen McCallum said the legislation is holding the group back, and its members made the decision to pull support after a meeting with his council. The bill has faced fierce opposition from the Assembly of First Nations and academics, while the Metis Nations of Ontario and Alberta have both publicly and privately defended it, saying the entire process has been riddled with misinformation. McCallum stood by the decision to withdraw…

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