- Winnipeg Sun – Feds providing $75M to support Indigenous people: The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand said the federal government should be applauded for making sure that no one is left out.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Holding pattern: Manitoba’s Ray St. Germain has played with some of country music’s best over the past 65 years; the entertainer and radio host is celebrating his 80th birthday in July, but COVID-19 has hit pause on a big family celebration for the time being.
- Winnipeg Free Press – (Opinion) The real Manitoba Day is July 15: To date, Manitoba 150 has not recalled many of the noteworthy events that led to Manitoba’s creation: [including] the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Métis National Committee on Oct. 16, 1869.
- The Globe and Mail – (Obituary) Once forced to ignore her Métis roots, Helen Power learned to embrace her past: Helen came from an illustrious Métis family with strong roots to the Riel Rebellion in 1869 and the North-West Rebellion of 1885.
- The Globe and Mail – Deal struck to dismantle blockades at Manitoba Hydro site, Indigenous group says: The announcement says the deal includes lifting a court injunction issued last week against Tataskweyak Cree Nation, one of the communities that was part of the protest.
- Global News – No new coronavirus cases Sunday in Manitoba, no hospitaliziations: The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 292, with 17 active cases. There are no patients in the hospital or intensive care with COVID-19.
- Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg finds ‘200 issues’ with Gem Equities’ Parker Lands development plan: On Thursday, the city’s Property, Planning and Development Committee voted to reject the Gem Equities project. The Fort Garry site, which contains sensitive forests formerly subject to protest, would potentially contain 1,740 housing units south of the CN Rivers mainline, and west of Pembina Highway.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Boeing in Winnipeg hit with job cuts: The company plans to lay off approximately 400 positions in Winnipeg. Boeing employs around 1,600 people in the city at its two sites at 99 Murray Park Rd. The Winnipeg operation is Boeing’s largest in the country.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Horses set to gallop along silent track: It’s the morning before the horse racing season begins at Assiniboia Downs. Instead of 10,000 people packing the place on opening day, today will only have roughly 50 essential staff members on site.
- CTV News – PM to speak to latest COVID-19 aid as House to vote on new sitting plan: Trudeau is expected to talk about the commercial rent relief program which launched Monday morning, offering commercial property owners forgivable loans to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments if they reduce their tenants’ rent by 75 per cent.
- The Globe and Mail – Trudeau reaches out to bank CEOs for advice on economic recovery: The consultations with the CEOs were high-level check-ins rather than deep policy discussions, intended to take the pulse of the efforts to deal with the economic effects of COVID-19, the sources said.
- CBC – National strategy needed to address grieving process ‘distorted’ by pandemic, coalition says: Canadian Grief Alliance says specialized supports for front-line health-care workers, first responders
- Radio-Canada –Le défi du rapatriement d’artéfacts des Métis
[Translation: The challenge of repatriating Métis artifacts]: The new facility will be dedicated to preserving and showcasing
the culture of the Métis people, whether with artifacts, contemporary art
or interactive exhibits, according to MMF President David Chartrand.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Letters from readers, May 19: Good news on
Manitoba Day: Congratulations to David
Chartrand and the Manitoba Métis Federation for buying the historic BMO
bank building at Portage and Main for a Métis museum. This is a win-win
situation, as it provides a home for the long-anticipated Métis museum and
finds a use for a beautiful building.
05/13/20 – CityNews – (Video) Manitoba Metis Federation buys historic BMO building: The Bank of Montreal has sold its historic building on the corner of Portage and Main. Stefanie Lasuik reports on the fate of the building and why some are calling it a milestone in reconciliation.
CityNews – (Video) Manitoba Metis Federation buys historic BMO building: The Bank of Montreal has sold its historic building on the corner of Portage and Main. Stefanie Lasuik reports on the fate of the building and why some are calling it a milestone in reconciliation.
Winnipeg Free Press – Pallister criticized for Manitoba 150 statement: Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand accused the premier of deliberately ignoring Riel.
Winnipeg Sun – Metis Federation marks Manitoba 150th with Bank of Montreal building purchase: “The building will be used as a future home for the Metis Heritage Centre. We will also utilize the building as office space for human resources and other needs for our department,” he said on Tuesday.
Brandon Sun – Building a boon for Métis: In the spirit of reconciliation and reclaiming land, David Chartrand announced Tuesday the Manitoba Metis Federation has an agreement to purchase the iconic Bank of Montreal building at Portage and Main in Winnipeg.
CHVN – MMF partnering with BMO, creating heritage centre on Portage and Main: The Portage and Main location is symbolic for Manitoba’s Metis population due to its proximity to Settlement and the Red River Cart trails.
News release from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Statement by Minister Carolyn Bennett, Minister Miller, and Minister Vandal on Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary
CBC – Indigenous organization says it’s taking Ottawa to court over ‘discriminatory’ COVID-19 aid: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is filing for a judicial review with the Federal Court on Wednesday over Ottawa’s funding levels to the organization, which it argues were discriminatory under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to a statement from the organization.
05/07/2020 – Winnipeg Free Press – COVID-19 data pact excludes some Indigenous groups: “If they’re gathering their data on our people, they’re not telling me who they’re collecting it from,” Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand said Wednesday. “When we don’t know what’s out there, we’re fishing in the dark.”
05/04/20 The Brandon Sun – Province to gather more COVID-19 info: Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand said Friday he has no issue with the province collecting the data. But, he said, the province needs to share that information with the Métis community.
05/04/20 Global News – Métis Nation Saskatchewan considers help from Red Cross as COVID-19 outbreak worsens in north: The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN-S) says it is “gravely concerned” about the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan’s north, and is calling on all levels of government to help its people.
05/01/20 – Brandon Sun – Chartrand critical of premier’s response to virus: In a public address to his people Thursday, Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand called out Premier Brian Pallister for his lack of strategy and failure to communicate adequately about plans to reopen the province.
04/28/20 – Brandon Sun – Funding helps food hamper efforts: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/Funding-helps-food-hamper-efforts-569999451.html
04/27/20 – APTN – ‘They should be ashamed of themselves’: Manitoba called out for pushing legislation during pandemic: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/27/they-should-be-ashamed-of-themselves-manitoba-called-out-for-pushing-legislation-during-pandemic/
04/24/20 – APTN – Metis National Council says it has nothing to hide following ‘politically motivated’ audit: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/24/metis-national-council-says-it-has-nothing-to-hide-following-politically-motivated-audit/
04/23/20 – Brandon Sun – Friendship centres struggling during pandemic: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/Friendship-centres-struggling-during-pandemic-569879831.html
04/22/20 – Brandon Sun – MMF ramps up communication efforts: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/MMF-ramps-up-communication-efforts-569845601.html
04/18/20 – Global News – Métis Nation-Saskatchewan declares a state of emergency: https://globalnews.ca/news/6837754/coronavirus-metis-nation-saskatchewan-state-of-emergency/
04/17/20 – Brandon Sun -MMF preparing COVID-19 camps https://www.brandonsun.com/local/MMF-preparing-COVID-19-camps-569716991.html
04/16/20 – Brandon Sun -‘I don’t do this alone’: LaPlante https://www.brandonsun.com/westman-this-week/I-dont-do-this-alone-LaPlante-569651131.html
04/16/20 – Brandon Sun -Stefanson defends legislation
04/15/20 – Winnipeg Sun -Metis housing repair funding expected to improve ‘hundreds’ of homes
04/15/20 – Brandon Sun -Indigenous leaders fight for child benefits
04/14/20 – Winnipeg Sun -Clawing back children’s allowance an atrocity, say First Nation leaders
04/14/20 – Winnipeg Free Press -Chiefs condemn province in baby-bonus dispute
04/14/20 – CTV News -‘This is wrong’: Indigenous leaders criticize Manitoba government’s new bill
04/11/20 – Brandon Sun -Métis get funding for home repairs
04/9/20 – CTV News -Manitoba Metis Federation announces home repair program
04/9/20 – APTN -‘Positively Orwellian’: Manitoba accused of retroactively erasing history of taking cash from kids in care
04/08/20 -Winnipeg Free Press -Youth on verge of aging out of care await decision
04/06/20 -CTV News -Metis service authority to continue supporting youth during pandemic
04/05/20 -PortageOnline -Portage Friendship Centre Adapts to COVID-19 https://www.portageonline.com/local/portage-friendship-center-adapts-to-covid-19
04/03/20 -APTN (YouTube) -Manitoba Metis Federation president shares COVID-19 plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLFkWMgRUOw&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3cto2vqtoKiCetI7xqWUVFIrXmmCUvjm1VUe5-kiLo1lc1bxePcbcBwo
04/03/20 -Winnipeg Free Press -Manitoba Indigenous communities get federal funds for COVID-19 fight