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An existential threat:’ First Nations challenge Ontario Métis self-government deal – CBC

May 02, 2023

Wabun Tribal Council goes to court over recognition of northeastern Ontario Métis community

First Nations in northeastern Ontario are alleging a lack of consultation and potential violations of their rights as they ask a federal judge to cancel a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) self-government agreement signed in February.

“These agreements with the Métis Nation of Ontario have been done in the dark, without the consultation or input with any of the First Nations,” said Jason Batise, executive director of the Wabun Tribal Council, whose six member communities are advancing the case.

The Wabun Tribal Council consists of Matachewan, Brunswick House, Chapleau Ojibwe, Flying Post, Mattagami and Beaverhouse First Nations.

Batise said the First Nations reject the asserted Métis presence in their traditional homeland, a swathe of Treaty 9 territory about the size of France, stretching from the Temiskaming area near the Ontario-Quebec border in the east to Lake Superior in the west.

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