Federal Government to Stop Funding Payments to Saskatchewan Metis Group

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Federal Government to Stop Funding Payments to Saskatchewan Metis Group


Ottawa stops funding Metis Nation-Saskatchewan

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SASKATOON - The federal government says it is going to stop funding Metis Nation-Saskatchewan.

A letter dated Wednesday from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said the group failed to hold an assembly by the end of September "due to ongoing internal governance issues."

He said the group was required to do so under its funding agreement.

All payments are to be halted Nov. 1.

"It is my hope that Metis Nation-Saskatchewan finds a way to effectively and efficiently give the Metis people of Saskatchewan the governance that they deserve -- one which is transparent, accountable and democratic," Valcourt wrote in the letter addressed to the Metis group's president, Robert Doucette.

"I also firmly believe that taxpayer dollars are to be used wisely and for the benefit of all Canadians."

Calls to the Saskatoon office of Metis Nation-Saskatchewan were not answered.

Protesters picketed last year outside the office calling for Doucette's resignation. …

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