Manitoba creating a collaborative table on policy, legislation affecting indigenous peoples

Representative image of Manitoba's Indigenous People. Image credit: Unsplash/ Ian Macharia

A collaborative table to address policy and legislative issues affecting Indigenous Peoples is being created by the government of Manitoba to include representation from Indigenous governments and organizations, Families Minister Rochelle Squires announced today in a new release.

“Our government is committed to working collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leadership and communities…decisions related to matters involving Indigenous children should be led by Indigenous Peoples and we look forward to this opportunity for engagement with those who know best,” said Squires in a news release.

Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, and the Manitoba Métis Federation, received letters last week inviting them to appoint two representatives to a technician’s table hosted by the Department of Families.

Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse, Assembly of First Nations reportedly said that after many years of struggle, the Manitoba government has finally decided to do the right thing adding that solidarity and strategic advocacy by First Nations is a powerful thing.

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