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MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and the federal government are announcing next steps toward reconciliation Saturday, which include millions in funding from Ottawa.

The federal government is pledging $154.3 million to the MMF, as part of a three-pronged plan to help the Métis eliminate poverty and establish self-government.

MMF president David Chartrand said he was thrilled by the news. In an interview Friday, said he plans to ask local business heavyweights, including Hartley Richardson and Sandy Riley, for financial-planning advice.

Some initial ideas the MMF leader has for spending the money include establishing a grants program for first-time Métis homebuyers and starting construction on 100 homes with adjoining greenhouses.

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