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Minister Bennett thanks Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (March 5, 2016) – The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, issued the following statement today:

“Today, I am honoured to acknowledge Mr. Gary Lipinski's achievements, who after over two decades of holding political offices within the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and two terms in the MNO’s highest elected office, announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2016.

Mr. Lipinski’s hard work on behalf of Métis in Ontario has benefitted not only Métis, but all Canadians. His decades spent advancing Métis rights, improving the quality of life of Ontario Métis children, youth, families and communities reflect the same priorities held by the Government of Canada.

As a result of his leadership, MNO is stronger than it has ever been. Mr. Lipinski knows, as does the federal government, that improving Métis quality of life requires distinct and innovative approaches and real partnership among Métis groups and government at all levels, including a renewed, Nation-to-Nation relationship between Canada and the Métis Nation. The strong partnerships he built with Ontario and Canada – including the establishment of an historic Canada-Métis Nation of Ontario consultation agreement – are testament to his legacy, and he leaves MNO well-positioned to take advantage of future opportunities.

Mr. Lipinski’s many successes and contributions with the MNO have been remarkable, and I wish him sincere congratulations and the best of luck in this next stage of his life.

For more information, please contact:

Sabrina Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

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Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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