Statement of Principles on Crown Consultation and Accommodation with Métis in Alberta

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Background

The Statement of Principles on Crown Consultation and Accommodation with Métis in Alberta (“Statement of Principles”) will be presented to the Annual General Assembly (“AGA”) of the Métis Nation of Alberta (“MNA”) being held on August 5 to 7, 2016.

The Statement of Principles was developed over a period of 6 months by the MNA Consultation Policy Technical Working Group (“TWG”), the members of which are volunteers appointed to represent each of the MNA’s 6 Regions. Karen Collins and Bev New, the MNA’s Provincial Council Ministers of Métis Rights and Accommodation, were also active participants in the TWG’s work.

It is hoped that the AGA will endorse the Statement of Principles to serve three purposes:

  1. To be a guiding document for upcoming negotiations between the Government of Alberta and the MNA aimed at developing a provincial Non-Settlement Métis Consultation Policy;
  2. To facilitate negotiations between the MNA’s Provincial, Regional, and Local Councils aimed at achieving consensus based regional consultation protocols that will define the processes by which the Crown and industry will consult with the MNA in specific geographic areas in the province;
  3. To serve as the basis for the preparation of proposed amendments, as required, to the Métis Nation of Alberta’s Policy Guidelines Regarding the Duty to Consult and Accommodate Métis Aboriginal Rights and Interests in Alberta (July 2009).

The Statement of Principles is not meant to be an enforceable document that establishes the consultation process. Rather, it is meant to guide further work that must now be done to develop an enforceable consultation process to which the MNA’s Provincial, Regional, and Local Councils can consent.

CLICK HERE to download the full Statement of Principles on Crown Consultation and Accommodation with Métis in Alberta summary document. Disclaimer: This document is not the Statement of Principles. The full Statement of Principles is available to any MNA citizen upon request. Requests can be directed to Tyler Fetch at tfetch@metis.org or 780-455-2200 Ext. 325.