The Métis communities of the Fort
Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Fort McMurray, Anzac and Conklin collective known
as the Athabasca River Métis (ARM) were thrilled with the release of today’s Budget,
by the Government of Canada.
The Budget makes over $800 million in specific commitments to Métis citizens including $500 million for a Métis Nation Housing Strategy, $325 million for a Métis Skills and Employment Training Program and $6 million for a Métis Nation health data gathering strategy. Each of these items are desperately needed in the communities of ARM, who often suffer the impacts from nearby industrial projects.
The communities of ARM look forward to working with the Ministers of the Environment and Climate Change as well as Crown-Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Services to access these much needed funds to help their communities.
The leaders of ARM would like to congratulate Finance Minister Bill Morneau on a successful Budget.
This Budget’s strong focus on reconciliation is a testament to the hard work and dedication in advocating and supporting Canada’s Indigenous People by Ministers Carolyn Bennett and Jane Philpott and Prime Justin Minister Trudeau.
“Fort Chipewyan is nestled near the amazing Peace - Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park, both home to some of North America’s most beautiful migratory birds. The commitment in Budget 2018 to protect our local ecosystem is very important to our Métis community.”
- Cam MacDonald, President Fort Chipewyan Métis Local #125
“To many Métis People in Wood Buffalo are under-employed or unemployed. Better training and job opportunities for our Métis People is needed. Budget 2018 provides a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program for the Métis Nation specifically. We welcome this opportunity for our Métis community.”
- Ron Quintal, President Fort McKay Métis Community
“Housing for anyone in Fort McMurray is costly enough. To many of our Métis community members, especially Elders just can’t afford the high prices. Budget 2018 dedicates a unique 10-year Métis Nation housing strategy. This is necessary, and this is good news for our Métis community.”
- Gail Gallupe, President McMurray Métis
“Nothing is more important than the health of our members in Willow Lake. Currently, there is a divide between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous in the Wood Buffalo region. Over the next 5 years Budget 2018 supports the Métis Nation in developing a new health strategy. We welcome this news for our Métis community.”
- Stella Lavallee - Kreutzer, President Willow Lake Métis Local #780
“There are concerns and priorities for the Métis Community in Conklin that are unique to our people and our region in northeastern Alberta. Budget 2018 delivers direct funding for a new government to Métis forum over the next 5 years. This investment is positive news for our Métis community and will ensure our voice is heard.”
- Shirley Trembley, President Conklin Métis Local #193
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