Alberta, Metis strike $85M deal to make communities self-sustaining
Alberta Premier Alison Redford looks to the gallery before Minister of Finance Doug Horner presents the 2013 budget at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday March 7, 2013. (Jason Franson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:57PM EDT
EDMONTON - The Alberta government has struck an $85-million agreement with its Metis settlements to help the communities become self-sustaining.
The 10-year deal will see money allocated to pay for infrastructure, education and other programs for the 4,800 people who live on the eight settlements.
The agreement was signed by Premier Alison Redford and Randy Hardy, president of the Metis Settlements General Council.
Redford calls the deal an investment in prosperous communities.
It is the latest in a series of funding agreements, but this is the first to focus on self-sustainability.
Alberta has the only recognized Metis land base in Canada, at 512,000 hectares.