Archive for February, 2017

4th Annual Provincial Business Mixer

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The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Sustainable Development and Industry Relations (SDIR) Team is thrilled to announce our 4th Annual Provincial Business Mixer to take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre at 11834 Kingsway Ave NW in Edmonton, AB.
 
Business mixer admission is 
free to MNA members!
 
Seminar: 9 am – 11:30 am 
Trade Show ($250 Table): 1 pm – 5 pm
Banquet ($65 per person or $500 Table): 6 pm
Sponsorship Opportunities Available 
 
Sponsorship Deadline: 
Feb. 28, 2017 
Trade Show Booth Deadline:
March 3, 2017
 
RSVP: 
Katie Suvanto 
ksuvanto@metis.org 
780-341-1447 
 
Click here to download the PDF poster file. 
 

Métis Seniors and Youth Symposium

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All are welcome to join Métis Nation of Alberta for a Métis Seniors and Youth Symposium from March 23 – March 24. Details are posted below! 

Friday, March 24, 2017: 5:00 pm
Bannock-Making & Stew at MNA Office
Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Office
#100-11738 Kingsway Ave
Edmonton, AB, T5G 0X5 

Saturday, March 25, 2017: 7:30 AM
Symposium at Ramada
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center 
11834 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, AB, T5G 3J5

Join Métis Nation of Alberta for a weekend of building relationships across generations! Starting Friday, March 24 at 5:00 pm, MNA head office will serve stew and bannock, while offering some bannock making tips. On Saturday, March 25, at the Ramada Conference Center, located at 11834 Kingsway NW, MNA will host a symposium that will include presentations on Métis rights, dinner, open mic jam, jigging lessons, photo booth with props, and much more!

For those looking for help with taxes, MNA encourages you to bring your tax information, as there will be a third party present to assist. In hopes of establishing a definition of “Métis Elder,” MNA also encourages attendees to bring their definition of an elder for our consideration.

Attendees must RSVP to Christine Dyck at cdyck@metis.org, or by calling 780-455-2200. 

Click here to download the PDF poster!  

Federal Navigation Protection Act & Fisheries Act Survey

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We are currently asking our members to fill out an online survey that will help inform a report designed to increase the respect and rights of Indigenous people. This online questionnaire has been created to collect the opinions, feedback, and suggestions of Métis Nation of Alberta members regarding the federal reviews of both the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act. The information gathered from the questionnaire will be reviewed and compiled as part of a report that will be submitted to the Government of Canada. The report will be used to guide the implementation of changes to legislation and assessment processes that will better protect the environment and respect the rights of Indigenous people.

Find the survey at Alberta Métis Survey.

For more information, contact Theo Peters at (780) 455-2200 or tpeters@metis.org. 

Recruiting for Alberta Native Provincials

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Métis Nation of Alberta is now accepting applications for our 2017 -2018 Initiation Hockey Team, playing in the Alberta Native Provincials tournament. Children born in the years 2010, 2011, and 2012 are welcome to register. Donning red and blue jerseys emblazoned with a bold infinity symbol, the pint-sized Métis team last year delivered an out-sized performance as they skated to victory at each and every game. Native Provincials is a hockey tournament for Aboriginal youth that takes place each spring.

To register with the team, contact Marilyn Lizee at mlizee@metis.org. Registries are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. 

Important Notice

Due to a change in policy with Alberta Native Provincials, they will no longer be accepting letters for hockey players entering into this tournament.  The MNA has been advised that our Métis ID cards will be the only form of identification they will accept when registering players.

Métis Nation of Alberta strongly encourages parents, guardians, and caregivers to ensure our Métis youth receive their MNA membership. For assistance or more information, please contact the MNA Registry Department at (780) 455-2200, or at registry@metis.org.

 

Vote for Cold Lake

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Voting is now open for Small Town Saturday Night Jamboree! Small towns across Alberta are vying for the opportunity to host Small Town Saturday Night and raise funds for their cause of choice. The town of Cold Lake has graciously promised the funds they would raise to the Veterans Memorial Métis Nation of Alberta is building at Métis Crossing. The only way for Cold Lake to win, however, is for Albertans to vote for the town online at Big Valley Jamboree. Voting will take place for the next two weeks, so please vote every day and tell your friends! Join us in honouring the sacrifices and contributions of those who serve this nation.

 

Media Contact:
Jasmine Breti
Métis Nation of Alberta
tel: 780-455-2200
jbreti@metis.org

Métis Nation of Alberta Signs Historic Framework Agreement with Provincial Government

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Today Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras has signed a groundbreaking ten-year Framework Agreement with the Government of Alberta. This agreement is not only the longest in MNA history, but is also the most comprehensive. Deriving many of its mandates from the Supreme Court of Canada’s Daniels Decision, section 35 of the Constitution, and United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the collaborative agreement sets a promising precedent for the development of Métis rights, including harvesting. Premier Rachel Notley stated “This agreement is an important step in the journey of reconciliation. Métis people have a long and proud history in Alberta, and we look forward to continuing to build our strong relationship.”

As an important step towards reconciliation, the Framework Agreement stipulates MNA’s right to participate and collaborate with the Government of Alberta on decisions that will affect the well-being of its members. Some of those priority actions are:

  • Renewing and strengthening the Nation to Nation relationship
  • Facilitating the recognition and respect of Métis Rights in Alberta that upholds the Honour of the Crown and advances reconciliation
  • Develop a “whole of government” approach to Métis issues
  • Increase economic opportunities for Alberta Métis

in areas like environment, climate change, harvesting, health and wellness, housing, education, culture and heritage, employment, and women’s issues.

President Poitras is particularly pleased to sign a framework that not only establishes a promising working relationship with the Government of Alberta for ten years,  but symbolizes decades of hard work by all leaders, past and present.

For further information contact:

Marilyn Lizee
Office of the President
Metis Nation of Alberta
780.732.3381 or via email mlizee@metis.org