Archive for March, 2016

MNA President Audrey Poitras Issues Heartfelt Send-Off to MNO President, Gary Lipinski

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Edmonton, AB – Monday, March 14, 2016

Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President, Audrey Poitras, issued a heartfelt thanks to Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President, Gary Lipinski, who retired from office this month. President Poitras remarked that

“Gary is my good friend and colleague. His accomplishments are myriad and include assisting to improve the quality of life of Ontario Métis children, youth, elders, families and communities. Gary’s ardent commitment to helping the Ontario Métis community is nothing short of awe-inspiring and I am deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to work alongside him to advocate on behalf of our Métis people. He will be missed by all of us at the Métis Nation of Alberta.”

The MNA is grateful for the chance to escalate the Métis agenda rights agenda alongside Gary Lipinski whose hard work and determination will transcend the years. We wish him success and good fortune wherever his future may take him.

Media Contact:
April Magee
Métis Nation of Alberta
tel: 780-455-2200
email: amagee@metis.org

Métis Nation of Alberta Represented at First Ministers Meeting with Indigenous Leaders

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Edmonton, AB – Monday, March 14, 2016

On Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras participated in the First Ministers Meeting on Climate Change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended invitations to the three Aboriginal leaders identified in Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 including the Métis National Council (MNC), Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) who gathered to offer input into Canada’s Climate Change and Clean Growth Strategy.

Regarding the meeting outcome, President Audrey Poitras stated that “I am happy with today’s initial meeting. In order for there to be a meaningful positive impact on climate change, the Métis Nation must play a key role and be at the table with Canada and the Provinces as a full partner.”

The meeting is indicative of meaningful action behind the Liberals’ pledge to work collaboratively with the Métis Nation to address climate change. It is a sign that the door is open for future Nation-to-Nation collaboration to promote the advancement of Métis rights.

Media Contact:
April Magee
Métis Nation of Alberta
tel: 780-455-2200
email: amagee@metis.org

Applications Open for Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards

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Edmonton, AB – Friday, March 4, 2016

Applications for the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards (BBMAs) are currently being accepted. The BBMA endowment provides awards so that Métis Albertans demonstrating financial need, commitment, and a desire to be gainfully employed can realize self-sufficient through the advancement of their post-secondary education and skills development. Since 2001, the Fund has provided awards totalling over $5.8 million to more than 900 Alberta Métis students.

Applicants are reminded to submit their applications online to www.bbma.ca before the March 31st deadline. For more information, please contact Theresa Majeran at communications@bbma.ca.

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All are Invited to Attend Métis Nation of Alberta 3rd Annual Business Mixer on March 31st, 2016

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Edmonton, AB – Tuesday, March 1, 2016



Over the past few months, we have been meeting with MNA Regional and Local leadership to garner their input into the development of a framework for a Government of Alberta (GoA) Métis consultation policy. To this end, the MNA has assembled a technical working group (TWG) that will assist the Provincial Office in carrying out its functions to develop a framework that guides the MNA in its development of a made in Alberta Métis consultation policy.

The MNA will be providing insight into the feedback received from this particular round of consultations at the business mixer and I encourage early registration to confirm your participation in this event.

Kind Regards

Audrey Poitras
President, Métis Nation of Alberta

Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre
11834 Kingsway Ave NW
Edmonton, AB

>> Download PDF Invitation <<

Please RSVP to Evangelina Janschitz at ejanschitz@metis.org. 

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Networking reception & tradeshow.

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Sponsor Presentations (MNA Platinum Sponsors).
6:00 – 7:30 PM 

Dinner and Recognition Awards.

7:30 – 10:00 PM

Networking with entertainment provided by Twin Fiddles (Gary Pruden and Donny L’Hirondelle).

We are additionally offering a variety of sponsorship packages. Prospective sponsors are encouraged to download the sponsorship letter here: MNA 3rd Annual Provincial Business Mixer Sponsorship Letter. Please contact Nick Bourque at 780-455-2200 ext. 265, or nbourque@metis.org for more information about sponsorship opportunities.