Three Manitoba Conservative MLA's have been named to a working group to develop recommendations for an Indigenous land acknowledgement to be used in the Manitoba Legislature.
In a news release, acting premier Kelvin Goertzen announced that Eileen Clarke, MLA for Agassiz, has been named Chair of the Working Group. Other members include Greg Nesbitt, MLA for Riding Mountain, and Andrew Smith, MLA for Lagimodiere.
“I am honoured to have been selected as Chair of this Working Group as we examine the introduction of an Indigenous land acknowledgement in the Manitoba Legislature,”
said Clarke. “This work will be done in consultation with Manitoba’s Indigenous leadership to ensure the Legislature acknowledges and honours Indigenous
communities as we move forward on a path of reconciliation.”
The Working Group has been asked to develop recommendations for an Indigenous land acknowledgement protocol to be used in the House including proposed language
and frequency of use. The recommendation will be based on consultations with Manitoba Indigenous leadership and best practices in other Commonwealth Legislatures.
The Working Group will provide a full report to the Government House Leader by October 22, 2021 for consideration of the House Rules Committee.