Saskatchewan Metis Group Closing Its Doors Due to No Government Funding

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Saskatchewan Metis Group Closing Its Doors Due to No Government Funding


Ckom, The Canadian Press


Metis group closing its doors due to no funding

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SASKATOON - The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan is closing its doors.

MN-S president Robert Doucette says it's a sad day for the organization that represents about 100,000 Metis in the province.

It comes after political infighting which resulted in the Provincial Metis Council, which supports MN-S vice-president Gerald Morin, not holding any meetings and therefore no date was set for a provincial legislative assembly since 2010.

The federal government halted funding to the group in October 2014 because it failed to follow its financial agreement, which requires two assemblies a year.

Without the $416,000 annual federal operating grant, MN-S let its employees go and is locking the doors today.

Doucette says the group will use the last of its funds to pay rent on its building which holds thousands of files from Metis people for a registry and applications for Metis citizenship, as well as a genealogical library.

"Metis citizens can't register now, people that rely on those citizenship cards to get scholarships or to get funding for whatever program... all of the things that we are supposed to be doing to help the Metis citizens of this province to live a better lifestyle are going by the wayside," Doucette said. …

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