NWT Métis Nation says Ottawa shortchanged them millions in land claim money
February 28, 2019
The president of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation says a lack of federal money is holding up its land claim negotiations.
He hoped their 25,000 square kilometre claim would be ratified this May, but that's been pushed back to 2021.
The NWT Métis Nation has been negotiating their claim for more than 20 years, and Bailey says he hopes that it receives more money during the next fiscal year. CBC contacted the Crown-Indigenous Relations Department for comment, but did not receive a response by Thursday afternoon.
A Renewed Nation-to-Nation Relationship
2017 Federal Budget
March 22, 2017
Budget 2017 also proposes to invest $84.9 million over the next five years, and $28.3 million per year ongoing, to build the governance capacity of the Métis National Council and its five provincial Governing Members. This will lay the foundation for a new relationship with Métis Peoples and support collaborative work with the federal government on moving toward Métis self-government and self-determination. Funding will also support Métis identification registries and the review of existing programs and services.
In addition, Budget 2017 proposes to provide $24 million per year, on an ongoing basis, to support the timely resolution of specific claims, in order to address past grievances related to historic treaties and other obligations.