Archive for May, 2016

Hazard Warnings for Métis Harvesters

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AltaLink will be increasing the frequency of inspections along its transmission lines. As part of this initiative, AltaLink has committed to providing information regarding inspections that have the potential to impact Métis Harvesters conducting traditional land use activities. AltaLink hazard warnings will be posted to the MNA news archives and Facebook page as they are received by the MNA provincial office.

Current Hazard Warnings: 

MNA President Audrey Poitras Congratulates MNO President Margaret Froh on Victory

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Edmonton, AB – Wednesday, May 18, 2016  

MNA President Audrey Poitras released the following statement today:

“The Métis Nation of Alberta applauds Margaret Froh for her victory as President in the Métis Nation of Ontario election on May 11 following the largest voter turnout in Métis Nation of Ontario history.

Margaret Froh is a proud Métis woman who has dedicated her career to serving Métis people as a lawyer, educator and leader. Ms. Froh started working for the Métis Nation of Ontario in 2013 as the Director of Strategic Policy Law & Compliance and later assumed the role of Associate Chief Operating Officer. Ms Froh’s expert understanding of Aboriginal Law, her insights into the operations of the Métis Nation of Ontario and her stalwart dedication to her citizens will ensure the success of the Métis Nation of Ontario in the years to come.

The continued success of the Métis Nation is contingent on strong leadership and the Métis Nation of Alberta looks forward to working with Ms. Froh to advocate on behalf of Métis people in negotiations.”

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

AGA Notice of Meeting & Deadline for Resolutions

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The 88th Annual General Assembly will take place from Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Métis Crossing Heritage Site near Smoky Lake, Alberta. Please submit special or extraordinary resolutions to Ron Harrison at the MNA provincial office no later than July 8 at 4:30 pm. Please see below notice of meeting and deadline for resolutions documentation for details.

Second MNA Wildfire Reponse Centre to take place Monday, May 16

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The MNA provincial office will once again open our doors to support our citizens evacuated due to the wildfire situation in Fort McMurray on Monday, May 16th from 1-3:30PM. We will have a physician and registered nurse on site, Métis Resource workers to assist with housing inquiries and insurance brokers to provide insurance support. We have a stock of basic care needs available for pick up and will be providing a light lunch. Please contact us for more information at 780-455-2200, or by emailing fireresponse@metis.org.

Partnership to Deliver Temporary Services for Ft. McMurray Evacuees:

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The Rupertsland Institute and Service Canada are working together to host services for those who are affected by the Ft. McMurray fire.  This includes assistance for those who are eligible for Employment Insurance through on-line applications which are fast-tracked for review and approval.

Until further notice, Service Canada staff will be working out of RLI Métis Training to Employment sites in Lac La Biche and Edmonton to provide services for those who are impacted on Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Pension and Canada Passport services.

In Lac La Biche please go to: 10123 101 Avenue (Charles LeBas Building) Phone: 780 623.2524

In Edmonton please go to:  12308 111 Avenue (3rd Floor) Phone: 780 423.2234

Please forward this notice to anyone who may be affected.



Region 6 Daniels Celebration

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Join Region 6 of the MNA for a Daniels Case Celebration on Monday, May 9th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at River Front Park in Peace River. All are welcome to attend this event, which features a BBQ, entertainment and information session.


Métis Nation of Alberta Opens Temporary Wildfire Response Centre in Edmonton

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Edmonton, AB – Friday, May 6, 2016

The MNA will open its doors to all Métis citizens affected by wildfires on Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 pm. Although we do not have resources to support emergency relief services at this time, we will be offering triage and support services to Métis citizens in the weeks going forward. The event is open to all Métis citizens and will take place at the MNA provincial office located at #100-11738 Kingsway Avenue in Edmonton.

The MNA has established two new communications lines for Métis citizens directly affected by wildfires. Citizens are encouraged to call our toll-free line at 1-866-839-6312, or email us at fireresponse@metis.org. By garnering the input of our citizens, the MNA hopes to offer immediate help in the interim and develop a comprehensive forest fire contingency plan moving forward.

“The recent scourge of wildfire has resulted in devastating loss for many of our citizens” said MNA President Audrey Poitras “we must work together to ensure the welfare of our people during this difficult time.”

The MNA Local 1935 office in Fort McMurray was one of the buildings destroyed in Tuesday’s blaze. Local 1935 President, Gail Gallupe, commented that “although we are overwhelmed by this monumental loss, we are no less resolved to help our community. To this end, we have set-up a temporary wildfire response centre in the MNA provincial office and hope to help our community in any way that we can.”

MNA Affiliate, the Rupertsland Institute (RLI), has also provided outreach services to evacuees since Tuesday. The RLI mobile van has delivered food, water, toiletries and other essentials to evacuees in Lac la Biche. RLI Chief Executive Officer, Lorne Gladu, commented that “the Rupertsland Institute has studied the effects of the Slave Lake fire and as such was on-the-ground and in the community with loads of supplies and services by Wednesday afternoon. We are proud to be a part of the Alberta response to this devastating event that has impacted thousands of lives including our clients and members of the Metis Nation.”

The MNA website and Facebook page will be updated with information in the days to come. Please check for updates at www.albertametis.com.


Media Contact

April Magee
Communications Officer, Métis Nation of Alberta
Phone: 780-455-2200 ext. 278 | Email: amagee@metis.org


RLI staff load up the RLI mobile van with food, water and other essentials for evacuees.

RLI staff load up the RLI mobile van with food, water and other essentials for evacuees.




Free Accommodations for Fort McMurray Evacuees

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Edmonton, AB – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Fort McMurray forest fires. Various locations throughout the city are currently offering free accommodations and medical services to help evacuees. Please read on for additional information.

Free Accommodations: 

(1) Edmonton Expo Center: Hall D By Rexall Place

(2) Downtown MacEwan University
11050 104 Avenue
Phone: 780-633-8000
215 beds available

(3) Al Rashid Mosque
13070 113 Street
Phone: 780-451-6694.

(4) Ronald McDonald House
7726 107 Street
Phone: 780-439-5437

Prescriptions and Medical Supplies: 

Pharmasave Garneau Location
102 – 11044 82 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, T6G 0T2
Phone: 780-705-7755


RLI staff assemble emergency provisions for Fort McMurray forest fire evacuees.