Minister: Jack Park
Co - Minister: Robert Gaudry
Since 2007, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba have worked in partnership to create a Metis economic development strategy. The vision for this process was to foster strong, healthy and self-reliant Metis families, local communities and businesses, making Metis quality of life comparable to that of other Manitobans and Canadians.
The final report outlining the overall approach to this strategy was approved by the MMF and members of the provincial cabinet. Since 2008, the MMF has worked to implement its initiatives.
Metis Economic Development Organization (MEDO)
The first stage of implementing the strategy is to formally establish an organization dedicated to pursuing greater financial self-sustainability for the MMF by enabling it to invest in for-profit ventures. The department and the MMF Board of Directors are developing corporate structures to enable the Federation to engage in business development while preserving its non-profit status. Over the medium- and long-term, MEDO will also look to provide support to other Metis business owners and entrepreneurs through access to programs and services as well as potential sources of equity for business development.
Metis Economic Development Fund
The Metis Economic Development Fund offers equity investment partnerships with the objective of promoting the economic development, skills and financial opportunities of the Metis people of Manitoba by providing capital funding to Metis-owned businesses.
MEDF is now open for business! The Fund is accepting applications from Metis entrepreneurs and organizations. We encourage Metis businesses and entrepreneurs to contact and speak directly with our staff about your specific business opportunity. Check us out online and join one of our social networking sites, while there, ensure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive all the upcoming exciting news taking place at MEDF Inc.
Metis Economic Development Fund
340-150 Henry Avenue
Toll Free: 1-800-387-6004
Local: (204) 589-0772 ext 248
Metis Business Directory
In April 2009, the Metis Business Directory went online with over 220 Metis owned and operated businesses in the province. The Economic Development Department partnered with the Louis Riel Capital Corporation to create the directory. This successful launch was made possible by a grant from Aboriginal Business Canada as well as a contribution agreement with the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. In January 2010, the MEDO and the LRCC will undertake a series of upgrades to improve the capability of the directory.
As we move ahead on our economic development initiatives, this directory will become a highly valuable resource in terms of marketing products and services to Manitoba’s industry sectors. It will enable us to develop networks and relationships with vendors and government procurement offices and promote the Metis as a powerful contributor to the province’s economic growth and prosperity. The Metis Business Directory can be viewed here.
This is an exciting time for the Metis. Self-reliance and economic growth come ever closer to reality. Valuable partnerships with federal and provincial governments have helped to set us on this course. Over the next year, the Economic Development Department looks forward to new opportunities to build valuable relationships and networks with stakeholders across multiple economic sectors in the province.
Last Updated (Monday, 25 March 2013 08:15)
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