Archive for September, 2016

New website connects Alberta’s Indigenous people

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The Aboriginal Environmental Services Network recently released a notice regarding a new Environmental Services web initiative. Please read full statement below for full details:

“The Aboriginal Environmental Services Network has launched its very own website! The new site brings together information in support of Indigenous involvement in the Environmental Services sector.

Looking for information on training, technology, and resources related to supporting Indigenous involvement in the Environmental Services sector? Look no further than the recently launched Aboriginal Environmental Services Network (AESN) website!

The AESN was formed in 2015 as a successor to Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures’ Land Stewardship Program, created in 2008. AESN was established to fulfill a community, government, and industry need for skilled people, available locally, to conduct environmental monitoring, wildlife surveys, traditional land use studies, vegetation management, climate change adaptation activities, and reclamation.

The first graduates of an AESN training program were celebrated during a February 2016 ceremony in Edmonton. Fifteen students from eight First Nation and Métis communities from across the oil sands region in northeastern Alberta completed five weeks of training in environmental monitoring, in the process leveraging traditional knowledge and gaining useful skills for serving their communities.

“As the AESN reaches critical mass, the vision is to have many more start-ups of Indigenous environmental services businesses,” says Alberta Innovates Researcher Dr. Shauna-Lee Chai. “Part of Alberta Innovates’ mandate is to turn knowledge into economic opportunity, and that is how we hope the new website will assist Indigenous people. On seeing the website for the first time, many are surprised at all the information available, including training options, Indigenous companies and technology providers.”

Check out the new site, join the Network and contact Shauna-Lee for more information.

Join the AESN group on Facebook for discussions, career opportunities, and more.”

Region 1 Community Registry Event

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Become a member and join a Nation! The Métis Nation of Alberta is hosting community registry events during October and November to meet up with our community members and to assist prospective members with their applications. A genealogist will be on-site to assist with all genealogical inquiries. For more information, please contact MNA Director of Registry, Tracee McFeeters at tmcfeeters@metis.org, or by calling 780-455-2200 ext. 389. More information will be posted online to the MNA website in the coming weeks.

Region 1 Event Details:

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Amber Valley Hall, Range Road 204
Athabasca, Alberta
*12 miles east of Athabasca on Hwy 55 – watch for sign.

21 Days Notice – Region VI Métis Nation 29th Annual General Meeting

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October 29, 2016
10302-90 Street
Old Sure Start Building in front of Ski Hill
Peace River, AB

Registration 9:00 am
Meeting 9:30 am

In accordance with the Bylaws of the Métis Nation of Alberta Association, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 29th Annual General Meeting of Region VI Métis Nation of Alberta will be held on October 29, 2016 at 10302-90 Street in Peace River, AB.

Rupertsland Institute Recognized at Oslo Education Conference

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The work of the Rupertsland Institute (RLI) was received with great acclaim this week at the Oslo International Conference on Education where they were awarded the 2016 Global Best Award North America Chair’s Award. A delegation of MNA and RLI representatives including MNA President, Audrey Poitras; RLI CEO, Lorne Gladu; and RLI Associate Director of Research, Policy & Strategic Partnerships, Guido Conteras represented the MNA at this significant event.

To learn more about RLI, please visit http://www.rupertsland.org/



Hazard Warning 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. On September 6. 2016, AltaLink issued an update regarding inspection activities along their Heartland 240kV transmission lines. An excerpt from the notice reads as follows:

“In May 2016 AltaLink issued a notice that we would be increasing the frequency of inspections along transmission lines previously consulted on with your community: 1043L, and 1054L (Heartland 240kV). These increased inspections relate to a piece of equipment, known as a spacer damper, failing on one of our transmission lines.

All spacer dampers of this type will be replaced. Replacement is expected to begin in October 2016 and we anticipate the work will be completed by June 2017.

As the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) was engaged regarding the Crown lands involved with these transmission lines, the MNA’s members may be conducting Traditional Land Use activities where the lines will require more frequent inspections. We asked the MNA to communicate to their members the potential safety issue related to the spacer dampers. Inspections will continue until the spacer dampers are replaced. Inspection activities may include low-level helicopter flight inspections, ground level inspections and crews accessing the line from service trucks.”

For more information, Please download the following files:

For more information, please contact: 
Bruce Gladue, Director of Sustainable Development and Industry Relations
780-455-2200 ext. 247 | bgladue@metis.org