Last month Aboriginal Relations Minister Robin Campbell introduced Bill 19 Métis Settlements Amendment Act, 2013, which supports the previously announced Métis Settlements Long Term Arrangements. The amendments are the result of negotiations with the Métis Settlements leadership over the last year. “The arrangements provide the direction and the financial resources for Alberta’s Métis Settlements to reach their full potential and become self-sustaining communities,” said Campbell in a news release. Alberta is home to the only recognized Métis land base in Canada, comprising 512,121 hectares (1.25 million acres). The eight settlements are located primarily in the east-central and northern areas of the province.