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Métis Week Youth Fiddle Camp

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On Saturday, November 19th, youth are invited to celebrate Métis Week with a day of fiddle lessons! The fiddle camp is open to youth aged 6 and up. Fiddlers of all levels from complete beginner to advanced are welcome. Fiddles will be provided at the event.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
11834 Kingsway Ave NW
Edmonton, AB 
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Please contact Cordene Gerlat at cgerlat@metis.org, or by calling 780-455-2200 to RSVP. 


Revion IV Annual General Meeting Notice

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In the spirit of community growth and development, all Zone IV members are encouraged to attend the Zone IV Annual General Meeting.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Executive Royal Hotel West Edmonton
10010 178 Street
Edmonton, AB

For further information, please call the Zone IV office at (780) 944-9288.

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Métis Week Youth Art Contest

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In celebration of Metis Week, the Metis Nation of Alberta is hosting a lapel pin design competition for youth! To participate, youth are encouraged to submit an original drawing to communications@metis.org by Monday, November 11th. The artwork must contain Métis cultural themes to be eligible for consideration. The winning entry will be used in a new Métis Nation of Alberta lapel pin to be released during Métis Week 2017! Participants are reminded to legibly sign the back of their artwork with their name and contact information. Please contact April Magee at 780-455-2200, or amagee@metis.org for additional details.

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Join us for Métis Week!

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All are invited to partake in the joy of Métis culture during the 2016 Métis Week. From November 13th until November 19th, Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) welcomes the public to celebrate the rich culture and contributions of Métis people. The week is structured around the Louis Riel Commemorative Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature on November 16th. Additional activities planned for this year include the Louis Riel Commemorative Walk, Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, MNA Open House and much more! Please read on for more details.

Additionally, Métis youth and students have an opportunity to participate in a lapel pin art contest and apply for scholarships. Lapel pin art winners and scholarship recipients will be recognized during Métis Week. Please see below links for more information.


Métis Week Schedule of Events – Edmonton

Sunday, November 13

6th Annual Louis Riel
Commemorative Walk 

10:00 am: Walk begins, 12:00 pm: Commemorative Service at St. Margaret’s Church,
1:00 pm:Lunch at  Deville-North  Cooking Lake Hall
Start Location: St. Margaret’s Church

In honour of Louis Riel, the 6.6 km commemorative walk with horse and wagon rides to St. Margaret’s Church signifies the procession made by Riel’s family and community to his funeral. Shuttle service will be provided to the walk start point from the MNA Provincial Office at #100-11738 Kingsway Ave. Please RSVP to amagee@metis.org to reserve your spot on the shuttle.


Monday, November 14

Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 4, and City of Edmonton Métis Week 2016 Proclamation and Flag Raising
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB

Each year, Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, and the City of Edmonton host a proclamation and flag raising ceremony in commemoration of Métis Week. Food and entertainment will be provided following the ceremony.

Métis Urban/Capital Housing Corporation Open House
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
MU/CHC Head Office
11923 121A Street, Edmonton, AB.

Gather among friends and family at the MU/CHC Open House. Bannock and tea will be served.


Tuesday, November 15

Unforgotten: A Documentary Film Screening & Reception 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Screening at 6:45 p.m.
Whitemud Crossing Theatre
145 Whitemud Crossing Shopping Centre
4211 – 106 Street, Edmonton, AB

Join the Métis Nation of Alberta and Edmonton Public Library for an evening of film, conversation and refreshments, as we screen the documentary film, Unforgotten. Unforgotten is a heart-warming tale about the celebration and preservation of Métis culture and history in Alberta. Doors will open at 6:30. 

Métis Nation of Alberta Seniors’ and Veterans’
Come and Go Tea 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office
#100-11738 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Join us in recognizing our Seniors and Veterans by attending a Come and Go Tea. Coffee, tea and dainties will be served.


Wednesday, November 16

Louis Riel Commemoration Ceremony at the
Alberta Legislature Building

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Métis people across Canada pay tribute to the Right Honourable Louis Riel by holding a commemorative ceremony on the date of his execution, November 16th. Following the ceremony, participants are invited to gather at the Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office for an open house.

Métis Nation of Alberta Open House
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office
#100-11738 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB

The MNA is hosting our Annual Open House which will feature an artistic display of various Métis Artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to see colorful beaded textile masterpieces, jig along to lively fiddle tunes, and take a tour of our Genealogy Research Centre to discover their Métis family history! Lunch will be provided. 

High Level Bridge Lighting 

Edmonton’s High Level Bridge will be resplendent in white and blue after sunset to celebrate Métis Week.


Thursday, November 17

Crib Tournament 
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Londonderry Hall
14224 74 St NW, Edmonton, AB 

Rupertsland Institute – Open House 
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rupertsland Institute Employment Centre
12308 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Please join Rupertsland Institute at one of its province wide Employment Offices as we highlight our services to the community. Please contact Lisa Savill at 780-801-9977 for more information.

Rupertsland Institute – MacEwan University
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
MacEwan University
10700 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Please join Rupertsland Institute for the official introduction to the Rupert’s Land Reading Room located on the MacEwan University Campus. Stew and Bannock will be served at this momentous cultural celebration. Please contact Lisa Savill at 780-801-9977 for more information.


Friday, November 18

Métis Nation of Alberta and
Region 4 Festive Jamboree 

10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Londonderry Hall
14224 74 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Join the Métis Nation of Alberta for a day of cultural activities! Beading and jigging workshops will take place from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 pm which will be followed by the Delia Gray Awards from 6:30 pm until 7:00 pm. The evening will be capped off with a festive jam.


Saturday, November 19

Métis Nation of Alberta Family Day
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
11834 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB

The MNA will host a family fun day which will include fiddle lessons* and activities for kids, an embroidery class, health and wellness table, genealogy table, and cultural display. The MNA registry team will also be available to assist prospective members to complete their applications.

* Fiddle players of all levels and new players are invited to attend the fiddle lessons. Fiddles will be provided. 


Métis Week Schedule of Events – Calgary


Monday, November 14

Flag Raising Ceremonies
Calgary City Hall
7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

We will be hosting a gathering at the Region 3 office, 1415 – 28 ST NE, immediately after the flag raising. Food & Refreshments will be served as well as entertainment.


Tuesday, November 15

Métis Calgary Family Services Open House
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Native Network
19 Erinwoods Dr. SE
Ph: 403.273.6032


Wednesday, November 16

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Aboriginal Friendship Centre
101- 427 – 51 AV SE
Ph: 403-270-7379


Thursday, November 17

Fruit and Bannock Sale

Métis Calgary Family Services (National Child Day), Kemama Nnanik, Medicine Wheel Early Learning Centre, funds to children’s Xmas party, $6.00 per lunch.  To order your bag lunch Phone (403)240-4642 Ext. 0 or email order at mail@mcfs.ca *Delivered between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Rupertsland Institute Open House

11:00 am – 2:00 pm 
#540, 1000-7th AV SW
Phone 403-250-8902

Business Mixer

6:00 pm 
Coast Plaza Hotel 
1316-33, St NE
Calgary, AB

Sponsored by Apeetogosan Métis Development Corp. RSVP Métis Nation Region 3 at 403.569.8800.


Friday, November 18

Senior’s Supper
5:00 pm 
Coast Plaza Hotel 
1316-33, St NE
Calgary, AB

Please phone Region 3 at (403)569-8800. You must confirm attendance. *FREE to all seniors over 55


Saturday, November 19

Fun Day
11:00 am
Crossroads Community Hall
1803 – 14 AV NE
Calgary, AB

Prizes, contests, and fun for the whole family. Free lunch, laughing, jigging, story telling, moose calling, contests prizes, face painting, and balloons.

Traditional Métis Supper and Dance
6:00 pm
Crossroads Community Hall
1803 – 14 AV NE
Calgary, AB

Admission $13.00, Music by – Dean Malcolm, Les Jerome and Friends. 




MNA Scholarship Awards

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Each year, Métis Nation of Alberta provides scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are open to Métis students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients receive both monetary reward and recognition during the November Métis Week celebration. Application forms for MNA scholarships are available online at www.albertametis.com.

The deadline for scholarship applications is October 31st of the current year. Please submit application packages to Kaylee Townend at ktownend@metis.org.

Scholarship Requirements

  1. Students must be available to accept their award during the award presentation ceremony.
  2. Students must include completed application form, reference letter, and a written section describing qualifications
  3. Students must provide proof of registration as well as details of the post-secondary program and/or courses in which they are enrolled.
  4. Nominations must include the completed nomination form as well as a letter from the nominator.

Available Scholarships

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River Crossing Heritage Interpretive Plan: Visioning Workshop for the Métis Nation of Alberta

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The Métis Nation of Alberta and the City of Edmonton are proud partners on the Heritage Interpretive plan. This partnership will enable Métis Citizens to have an opportunity to share their perspectives and stories of West Rossdale’s past, present and future with the River Crossing Team.

Workshop Details:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6 pm to 8:30 pm
Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office
#100-11738 Kingsway Ave
Edmonton, AB, T5G0X5

Please RSVP to Kelsey Bradburn at kbradburn@metis.org or 780-455-2200 ext. 218

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MNA Community Registry Events

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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. Event information will be posted online at bit.ly/RegisterMNA and at www.albertametis.com.


Community Registry Event Listing:

Métis Local 1990
#320, 9804-100 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB
October 20 & 21: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
October 22: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Mount Royal University
Resource Room
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB
October 24th, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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University of Calgary
Red Lodge (Student Lounge Area)
2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, October 25th, 2016
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Lethbridge College
Lobby (Inside Front Doors)
3000 College Dr S, Lethbridge, AB
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 27th, 2016
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University of Lethbridge
4401 University Dr W,
Lethbridge, AB
October 28th, 2016
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Lethbridge Métis Local
132, 909 – 3rd Avenue North
Lethbridge, AB
October 29th, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Room E-121
11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB
November 21st, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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MacEwan University
Aboriginal Gathering Room
10700 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
November 22nd, 2016
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
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202 Midtown Mall
Alberta Works Boardroom (Room 202)
5115 49 St, Whitecourt, AB
November 24th, 2016
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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Portage College, Lobby
9531 94 Ave, Lac La Biche, AB
November 1st, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Why Join?

 By becoming an MNA member, you are joining a proud and historic Nation. MNA members also enjoy access to a number of programs and services provided by the MNA and MNA affiliates.

  1. Métis Rights: 2016 has been a game-changing year for Métis Rights advancements including the Daniels Case Victory, Ministerial Special Representative Report on Section 35 Métis Rights, and the MMF land claim victory. The future is ours to shape!

  2. Voting: By becoming a member, you are able to vote at MNA local and regional meetings, and the provincial Annual General Assembly (AGA). The AGA serves as the legislative function of the MNA by allowing members to vote on ordinary and special resolutions that direct the path of the Nation.

  3. Health, Children and Youth: The MNA provides valuable health and social services for Métis families. Métis Resource Workers based out of the MNA provincial office in Edmonton connect Métis Albertans with beneficial programs, support Métis children and families involved in the Child Intervention System, and provide support to individuals living with FASD. The MNA is also actively involved in conducting Métis-specifc health research such as the Public Health Surveillance Program (PHSP) that aims to establish health services tailored to the needs of Métis people in Alberta. Visit http://albertametis.com/programs-services/ for more information.

  4. Sustainable Development & Industry Relations: The Métis Nation provides consultation services under the umbrella of sustainable development and industry relations. This department offers expert insights in areas including economic development, Métis consultation, s.35 Métis rights and industry agreements.Visit http://albertametis.com/programs-services/industry-relations/ for more information.

  5. Education: The Rupertsland Institute (RLI) is the education, training and research branch of the MNA and offers financial support for Métis students. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact RLI directly for information concerning programs and services. Visit http://www.rupertsland.org/ for more information.

  6. Housing: Métis Urban Housing Corporation (MUHC) and Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC) represent the housing arm of the MNA. The Métis Urban Housing Corporation (MUHC provides affordable, adequate, and appropriate rental housing for low and moderate income Aboriginal families within the urban centers of Alberta. Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC) is the MNA institution that deals with the ownership and management of residential properties. Visithttp://www.metiscapital.ca/  for more information.

  7. Business Development: Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc. (AMDI) is the business arm of the MNA. AMDI is committed to providing profitable and sustainable financial services and support to clients who seek the means to attain economic self-sufficiency. AMDI has lent out over $60 million since 1988 and helped in the creation of over 1,000 Métis-owned businesses throughout Alberta while maintaining a capital base of $8 million. Visit http://apeetogosan.com/ for more information.


Region 4 Volleyball Nights

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Métis Nation Region 4 and Métis Nation of Alberta invite you to come out to play volleyball! Volleyball nights will be hosted from October-December at Bishop Savaryn School at 16215-109 St NW Edmonton. The events will take place once weekly until December. There is no cost to participate for MNA members.

Volleyball Nights 

  • October 4th | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • October 11th | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • October 18th | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • October 25th | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • November 1st | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • November 8th | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • November 15th | 7 pm – 9 pm
  • November 23rd | 8 pm – 10 pm
  • December 2nd | 9 pm – 10:30 pm

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