Ontario Introduces Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act
Province Strengthening Relationship with Indigenous Partners
Ontario has introduced the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Secretariat Act in the legislature.
The act would, if passed, recognize the MNO's unique democratic nature and allow it to operate more effectively under existing provincial corporate law. For example, the legislation would encourage greater involvement of youth, particularly those under the age of 18, in the work of the Secretariat, without the usual requirements that corporate law applies to directors.
The Secretariat is the corporate and administrative arm of the Métis Nation of Ontario and is distinct from other Ontario not-for-profit corporations in a number of ways. For example, the MNO has a democratic practice of electing its directors or councillors through provincewide elections.
Building positive relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Métis Nation of Ontario is the province’s main Indigenous partner on Métis issues.
- The legislation would, if passed, allow the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat’s structure to operate more effectively under the Corporations Act and the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010.
- The MNO was actively engaged during the process of developing the legislation.
“In 2014, our government committed to exploring the development of corporate legislation for the Métis Nation of Ontario, and I am pleased to introduce legislation that fulfills that commitment. This legislation will have a positive impact on the corporate functioning of the Secretariat.”
“Our collaborative efforts to address this legislation demonstrate our government’s willingness to be responsive to our Indigenous partners as well as our commitment to strengthen and improve our relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario. The Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act will be another step forward on the path to reconciliation.”
“This is truly a historic day for Ontario Métis. Less than two decades ago, we struggled to have our communities and unique governance structure recognized in this province. Now, in the spirit of true partnership, we are witness to the Ontario government introducing legislation with our full support. This legislation represents real reconciliation with the Métis Nation.”