News Release - January 18, 2001
METIS AND OFF-RESERVE FIRST NATIONS INITIATIVE LAUNCHED
Premier Roy Romanow today launched an initiative that will improve the economic
and social conditions of Metis and off-reserve First Nations people in
The initiative, A Framework for Co-operation, outlines four priority areas that
require attention to improve the long-term future of Metis and off-reserve
First Nations people.
"We have consulted extensively with Metis and First Nations political leaders,
individuals and the public," Romanow said. "Together, we have a vision of a
province that offers opportunity and resources, hope and respect for every
person in Saskatchewan. We will achieve that vision together, building on the
framework we are launching today, until every person in our province is
participating fully in our society and our economy."
The identified priorities are education; skills training and work preparation;
jobs and economic development opportunities; and community initiatives aimed at
improving individual and community well-being of Metis and off-reserve First
Nations people. Twelve departments will be directing resources toward programs
that fulfill the detailed objectives developed from these priorities.
Also participating in the launch were Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Federation
of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Metis Senator Nora Ritchie and Saskatoon Mayor
A Framework for Co-operation Policy Statement outlines detailed objectives for
each of these priorities. In addition to extensive input from the Aboriginal
community, the policy document represents input from 12 provincial departments
committed to the initiative. The document is available from the "What's New"
section of the Government of Saskatchewan web site, www.gov.sk.ca.
A Framework for Co-operation strives to bring together federal, provincial and
municipal governments to work with Metis and First Nations governments and
For more information, contact:
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Phone: (306) 787-8008