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PROVINCE COMMITS $30 MILLION TO SUPPORT MÉTIS ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESSES
Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Chris Bentley (left) and MNO President, Gary Lipinski (right)
during media event announcing creation of the Métis Voyageur Development Fund.
Ontario Métis establish Development Fund
O n June 20, 2011, Métis Na- tion of Ontario (MNO) Pres- ident, Gary Lipinski, joined the Honourable Chris Bent- ley, Ontario Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, in Toronto to formally announce the creation of the “Métis Voyageur Development Fund” and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) be- tween the MNO and the Ontario Government on Métis economic development.
The creation of the Métis Voyageur Development Fund is the result of years of effort and work by the MNO to create an economic development arm that will be able to support Métis en- trepreneurs and businesses in Ontario in a similar manner to
other successful funds and capi- tal corporations operated by Métis in western Canada. The ul- timate goal of the fund is to make strategic investments that will positively contribute to Métis in- dividuals, families and communi- ties as well as to Ontario’s overall economy.
In order to support the fund’s goal, the Ontario Government has committed $30 million over 10 years to support and enhance Métis business opportunities in Ontario. This commitment flows
from discussions held under the MNO-Ontario Framework Agree- ment which was signed in No- vember, 2008. In addition, as a part of the MOU that was signed, the MNO and the Ontario Gov- ernment have committed to work together to attempt to se- cure additional contributions to the fund from the Government of Canada.
“Today’s announcement rep- resents a historic breakthrough
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The Government of Ontario has committed $3 million annually to the Fund for 10 years.
There are several successful Métis capital corporations and funds in Western Canada, in- cluding, the Louis Riel Capital Corporation (MB), Clarence Campeau Development Fund (SK) and Apeetogosan Capital Corporation (AB).
In the 2006 Census, 73,605 Ontarians identified themselves as Métis.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT REPRESENTS A HISTORIC BREAKTHROUGH FOR ONTARIO MÉTIS. WE WILL FINALLY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO MÉTIS ENTRE- PRENEURS AND BUSINESSES
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