Thoughts on Métis Economic Development

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Author: Gregg Dahl

The thought experiment in this paper was conducted in order to come up with some rational limits on settling any possible outstanding obligation to the Métis and to think about how such a settlement might be used in the context of Métis economic development. It was from thinking about Métis economic development that the notion of capitalizing an economic development trust fund arose that could address the need for access to capital. Perhaps, if political conditions ever provided an impetus, elements of the paper could someday inform a serious discussion between Canada and a ratified representative body of the Métis and Half-breeds about laying to rest any outstanding grievances.

This paper is part of the Aboriginal Policy Research Series, which focuses on public policy issues affecting Métis, non-status Indians, and other Aboriginal peoples residing off-reserve. The series is produced in a partnership between the Institute On Governance (IOG) and the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (OFI).

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