The vice-president of the Métis National Council is stepping up his rhetoric against three provincial Métis leaders, accusing them of striking a “backroom deal” that allows new members into the nation whom he believes are not Métis.

The escalation is on the eve of a major meeting involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, provincial premiers and national Indigenous leaders where David Chartrand is set to represent the Métis National Council as its national spokesperson.

Two separate gatherings are being held this week among Métis members before the first ministers convene in Ottawa starting Thursday, and their divergent objectives highlight a growing rift between the leadership of the Métis National Council and the Métis leaders of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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