Bill 12--The Louis Riel Institute Act
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBATHE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LAW AMENDMENTSTuesday, October 24, 1995Mr. Chairperson:
I think, when we left off, the consensus was that we would hear fromthe presenters first so that we could accommodate their limited time earlier in theevening. That is the will of the committee as I understand it, so I would like to, at this point, call on the presenters in order. I note that a Roberta Carriere is indicated as beingan out-of-town presenter. Is it the will of the committee to have Roberta proceed first?[agreed]Would Roberta Carriere please come forward.
Ms. Roberta Carriere (Private Citizen):
Thank you for hearing from me first. I am notthat far out of town though.
Do you have a written submission?
No, I do not.
Okay. Would you please proceed with your presentation. This isRoberta Carriere, private citizen. Please proceed, Ms. Carriere.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to address thecommittee on two parts, how The Louis Riel Institute Act would help the Metis peopleand give several examples why it is necessary to help the Metis people. I would like to dothis by giving you a point on how the act will help the people and then giving you anexample.My first point is a resource centre. It would benefit the Metis people to have a resourcecentre. It needs material that is available to be put into government offices that is relevantthroughout Manitoba, materials such as pamphlets, newspaper-type articles, posters,anything that would depict Metis culture. The reason for this is that there is a myth outthere that the First Nations people and Metis are one and the same. This is very far fromthe truth, although we do share some cultures. The general public, educators, politicians, people who are acting on our behalf need to be educated on the differences between First Nations people and the Metis people.My second point is cultural awareness training. We have a culture that is traditional. It isgood for our people to know about the past. It is also good for our people to know wherethe future is coming, or where the future is going. They need to understand that we have avery rich culture that we all share and that we should be made aware that it is a proudculture and nothing to be ashamed of.1