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Ontario Boosting Métis Economic Development to the Tune of Millions

Ontario’s government has put $30 million behind an initiative to assist in the economic development of the Métis of the province.

The historic agreement, signed on June 20, culminated years of work by the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) to create an economic development arm that supports Métis entrepreneurs and businesses, the MNO said in a media release. The parties created the Métis Voyageur Development Fund and signed a memorandum of understanding on economic development between the MNO and the provincial government.

The goal is for the fund to make strategic investments that contribute not only to Ontario’s economy but also to the welfare of its Métis peoples and communities. It is patterned after similar funds and capital corporations fun by Métis in western Canada such as the Louis Riel Capital Corporation in Manitoba, the Clarence Campeau Development Fund in Saskatchewan and the Apeetogosan Capital Corporation in Alberta, the MNO said.

Read the original article at: Indian Country Today

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