Six Nations Elected Council declines invitation to Métis Nation of Ontario Assembly
Councilor Nathan Wright says the Métis Nations of Ontario have their own internal issues to deal with.
By Bree Duwyn
SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER – Representation from the Six Nations Elected Council will not be present at the upcoming 29th Annual General Assembly of the Métis Nation of Ontario in Toronto, Ontario. next month.
The issue was raised in the minutes of an SNEC meeting on July 26, where chief-elect Mark Hill said the chief’s office received an invitation on behalf of the MNO to attend its meeting. annual general from August 18 to 21.
“I don’t remember being invited to these AGMs in the past, so I wanted to talk to council about it,” Chief-Elect Hill said.
He also said he recognized the issues between the Chiefs of Ontario and MNO, before asking the council if they wanted to attend the annual general meeting.
Just last month, Ontario faced a land rights dispute between First Nations and the MNO.
First Nations have asked the provincial government to withdraw the recognition of Métis communities as Aboriginal groups.
At the annual Chiefs’ Assembly, hosted by the Chiefs of Ontario and Independent First Nations, many sessions were held to address the issue.
During the meeting, a resolution was passed calling on Ontario to protect First Nations land rights from the MNO.
Another meeting is scheduled for September to continue the ongoing discussion.
“I know the Métis National Council has a number of membership issues and they have a lot of internal debates,” Councilor Nathan Wright said.
He said he did not believe SNEC should get involved in these internal affairs.
“I think what they’re doing here is trying to restore credibility to the MNO,” Councilor Wright said.
He said their invitation may have been extended to hold the Six Nations to account and that they should resolve their own differences internally.
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