Métis leaders want introduction, passage of self-government legislation this spring

Métis seek self-government

The president of the Métis National Council says leaders are urging the Liberal government to introduce and pass self-government legislation this spring.

Cassidy Caron made the comment at the start of a meeting in Ottawa between ministers and Métis leaders, co-chaired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The council is comprised of Métis leaders from Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.

Caron says the nations have been working to sign self-government agreements and "eagerly look forward to the introduction and passage of Métis self-government implementation legislation in Parliament this session."

The Liberals have about a month to go before the House of Commons is set to rise for summer, and the government already has nine priority bills it wants passed.

Advancing Métis self-governance was among the Indigenous-related promises Trudeau made in the 2021 federal election campaign.

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