Mandryk: Mckenzie frustrated over Metis Nation representation – London Free Press

by ahnationtalk on June 25, 20198 Views

Fights for Metis rights have also been internal battles that have seen Metis people pitted against each for the last century and a half.

June 25, 2019

The battle Wayne Mckenzie is fighting to ensure Metis people have the same health care rights as First Nations isn’t just with the provincial and federal governments … although both have been longtime political adversaries.

Mckenzie, president of the First Indigenous Riel Metis Local 33 — which lays claim to representing Metis people in Regina — offers a compelling argument that Metis people have as much constitutional claim to added health care services like dental and ambulance fees as First Nations people. Unfortunately, Metis rights has become an issue where the buck gets passed between the two levels of government — with the province claiming this is a federal funding matter because Indigenous people are a federal responsibility, and the feds claiming Metis rights fall under provincial jurisdiction.

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