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Manitoba celebrates 150 years, led by Manitoba Métis

By David Chartrand      

This year, the Métis Nation, led by the Manitoba Métis Federation, has prepared itself to ensure that Manitoba 150 is celebrated, and the role of the Métis people in bringing Manitoba into Confederation is recognized by all Manitobans and Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 13, 2019, with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Manitoba Métis Federation President David Chartrand, and Métis President Clément Chartier. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

One hundred and fifty years ago, on May 12, 1870, the Manitoba Act received Royal Assent and became law. This act of the Canadian Parliament made Manitoba Canada’s fifth province, the only province to join Confederation through the actions of an Indigenous people, the Métis. It’s a day to reflect on our past with celebration but also a day to look forward with hope towards our future.

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