Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Terminates Clarence Campeau Development Fund Agreement Due to a Lack of Representation
The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MN-S) is terminating the Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan and calling on the province to immediately start negotiations on a new agreement. The CCDF is funded from the province’s gaming profits and is meant to provide the MN-S with the ability to contribute to the economic wellbeing of our citizens.
The move comes after the province denied MN-S representation on the CCDF, despite MN-S bearing all the risk for the management and administration of the fund.
MN-S was forced to make this decision because the province and CCDF have repeatedly blocked MN-S from providing input and oversight into CCDF affairs. MN-S carries all the obligations and liabilities associated with the funding agreement yet has been shut out of CCDF’s governance and decision-making.
Over the past two years, MN-S has repeatedly tried to negotiate a fair agreement with the CCDF and the Government of Saskatchewan, but both parties have been unwilling to give MN-S a seat at the table.
“The Métis Nation of Saskatchewan has a responsibility to advocate and act in the best interests of our citizens, and this current structure is denying us the opportunity to do so.” said MN-S President Glen McCallum, “Right now, our voices are being silenced by the province and CCDF.”
A funding agreement with fair representation is essential to MN-S governance which includes the creation and growth of Métis businesses in Saskatchewan. MN-S therefore calls on the government of Saskatchewan to immediately start negotiations with MN-S on a new agreement that will ensure this funding benefits Métis entrepreneurs into the future.