Archive for May, 2017

Notice to Members Regarding Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

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To: MNA Members
From: Métis Nation of Alberta
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) was made aware of a recent Canadian research study examining the transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease. The initial results of the study indicate that macaque monkeys (genetically similar to humans) can be infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) after eating deer that is infected with CWD. CWD is a prion disease, which are fatal, transmissible diseases characterized by abnormal proteins in the brain and nervous system. To date no research has shown that CWD can be passed on to humans, and no human cases of CWD have ever been identified. However, this new research indicates that it is a possibility. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health has reached out to us to share with our Métis harvesters this important information.

For more information you can visit:




What the Alberta Government knows:

Necessary Precautions for Harvesters:

  1. Hunters and others who handle carcasses follow basic handling precautions (available here http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/fishing-hunting-trapping/hunting-alberta/documents/CWDGuidelines-DeerCarcassTransportationHandling-Oct2009.pdf
  2. All deer, moose and elk harvested from CWD mandatory submission wildlife management units (WMUs) be tested for CWD; and
  3. A negative result (no CWD detected by the test) must be obtained before any part of an animal is eaten.


For more information, contact:
Amy Quintal
Métis Nation of Alberta
Métis Harvesting Liaison
Tel: (780) 455 – 2200


Energy Efficiency Alberta Announces Instant Savings on Energy Efficient Products

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Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new program to make energy efficiency more affordable by providing Albertans instant savings on qualifying energy efficient products right at the till. 

This program will run from April 28 – June 11.

The list of products that will be eligible for savings include:


  • ENERGY STAR® LED Lighting A-Line (Standard Bulbs)
  • ENERGY STAR® LED Lighting non A-Line (Specialty Bulbs)
  • ENERGY STAR® certified LED Fixtures & Recessed Downlight Fixtures
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Dimmers (Hardwired)
  • Motion Sensors, hardwired indoor or outdoor
  • Smart Power Bars
  • Heavy Duty Timers
  • Clotheslines
  • Low Flow Bathroom Faucet Aerators
  • Low Flow Kitchen Faucet Aerators
  • Low Flow Showerhead


Instant savings on these products are available only through participating retailers. 

To find the list of participating retailers in your area, please visit: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/instant-savings/store-locator/

For more information about this announcement, please visit: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/instant-savings/

For questions or concerns related to climate change or energy efficiency programs, please contact Andres Filella, Climate Change Consultant at the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), at afilella@metis.org or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220

Energy Efficiency Alberta Announces Online Rebates and Home Improvement Rebates for Energy Efficient Products

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Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced two new programs to help make energy efficient appliances and home improvement projects more affordable for Albertans through the Online Rebate and Home Improvement Rebate programs.

  1. Online Rebate

Purchase any eligible energy efficient refrigerator, clothes washer, or smart thermostat and upload your receipt to Energy Efficiency Alberta’s website.  Within six to eight weeks, you will receive a rebate cheque of up to $100.

*There is a limit of two products, per category, per address. 

For more information on eligible appliances and more details on this announcement, please visit: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/online-rebates/

  1. Home Improvement Rebate

Work with a participating Alberta contractor to install energy efficient insulation, windows, and/or a tankless water heater in your home and receive a rebate.  The more energy your project saves, the more money you will get back in rebates. You can receive a rebate of up to $3,500 for insulation, up to $1,500 for windows, and up to $1,000 for a tankless water heater.

To find a participating contractor in your area and more details on this announcement, please visit: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/home-improvement/

For questions or concerns related to climate change, or energy efficiency programs, please contact Andres Filella, Climate Change Consultant at the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), at afilella@metis.org or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220.

MNA Releases Three Pioneering Health Reports

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Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is pleased to announce the release of our three health reports on Cancer, Injuries, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The reports mark MNA’s continued groundbreaking attempts to gather significant health information specific to Métis citizens of Alberta. “With our three new health reports,” said MNA President Audrey Poitras, “the MNA is continuing towards our goal of developing health promotion and prevention strategies grounded in evidence-based information.” In partnership with the University of Alberta and with financial support from Alberta Health, MNA was able to produce the reports, which President Poitras upholds “is an essential step in our journey to improve the health of Métis people in Alberta.” MNA plans to present the findings at various conferences around the world, including the 10th European Public Health Conference. The reports promise to become an important authority on Métis health; our Cancer report has already been published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health.

The findings of the reports establish that further funding and resources allocated to understanding and combating Métis health challenges are optimized when spent in collaboration with the MNA. These findings are consistent with the mandates of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In regards to Indigenous health, Article 21 of UNDRIP states that Indigenous peoples have the right to improve their health; Article 23 states that Indigenous peoples have the right to develop their own priorities and strategies for development in the area of health; and Article 24 states that Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional health practices and that they have a right to the highest attainable levels of wellbeing.

MNA Region 6 President and Minister of Health, Children, and Youth, Sylvia Johnson is also pleased by the releases. President and Minister Johnson states, “From these reports, we have gathered a phenomenal amount of information about how our community experience COPD, injuries, and lung cancer. It is clear from the findings of these reports that there is work that needs to be done in our communities to combat these inequalities.”

The release of the health reports come at an exciting time in MNA history. With the recent Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Canada and the strengthened Framework Agreement with the Government of Alberta, MNA is in a strong position to promote key priorities in government-to-government, nation-to-nation negotiations. One of MNA’s top priorities remains addressing Métis-specific health concerns. MNA’s next plan of action to address Métis health is to partner again with Alberta Health to gather information on how Type 2 Diabetes affects Alberta Métis citizens.

Click Here to read the full COPD Health Report
Click Here to read the full Injuries Health Report
Click Here to read the full Cancer Health Report


Aboriginal Day at Métis Crossing

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Come join us on Saturday, June 24th at Métis Crossing for a day of activities. There will be a fish fry, games, entertainment, and cultural interpretation. Festivities start at 11:00 am. For more information, please contact Leon or Phoebe at (780) 656-2229 or at metiscrossing@metis.org. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 


Click here for a printable PDF poster.

Climate Change Workshops: Challenges and Opportunities

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Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) invites community members to join us for a series of province-wide workshops on climate change. The gathered feedback will aim to inform policy and program development, and ensure that Métis interests and concerns are heard and addressed.

Specifically, these workshops will cover:

  • Science and Data of Climate Change;
  • Truths and Myths about Climate Change;
  • Alberta Climate Change Leadership Plan;
  • Carbon Levy and Carbon Rebates;
  • Alternative Energy Basics: Solar, Wind, Biofuels;
  • Cost/Benefit of Solar and Energy Efficiency;
  • Tips on Energy Efficiency for Homes;
  • How to Save Money with Energy Efficiency;
  • Job and Training Opportunities; and 
  • How to Benefit from Available Programs

Register online at albertametis.limequery.com, or register with Katie Suvanto at ksuvanto@metis.org, or 780-455-2200 ext. 235. If you have any questions or concerns related to climate change, please contact Andres Filella, Climate Change Consultant at the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), at afilella@metis.org,or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220.

Full Workshop List: 

  • Athabasca, Tuesday, June 27th, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive, Athabasca, AB
  • Fort McMurray: Wednesday, June 28th, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Radisson Hotel, 435 Gregoire Dr. Fort McMurray, AB
  • Lac La Biche: Thursday, June 29th, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Canalta Hotel, 9905 83 Avenue, Lac la Biche, AB


Join us for the 20th Annual Audrey Poitras Golf Tournament! 

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You are cordially invited to participate in the 20th Annual Audrey Poitras Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Legends Golf Course in Sherwood Park. The day will include incredible swag and chances to win amazing prizes, including a $1,000,000 hole-in-one! For those who are not avid golfers, but still want to participate in the fun, we are also offering a BBQ-only option for $35.00, which will include delicious bannock chili-dogs.
Proceeds from this tournament benefit the Métis Nation of Alberta Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Fund was established to provide financial assistance to our members when experiencing a time of loss.
We also seek hole sponsors and prize donors for the tournament. The tournament’s success is dependent on support from our sponsors and we gratefully accept all levels of sponsorship. Sponsors will receive recognition on tournament branding materials and competition hole sponsors will receive additional recognition on the MNA website and Facebook page. Information about the golf tournament sponsorship packages is outlined in the PDF document below.

Whether you play in the tournament, sponsor a hole, or make a donation, your participation will make a difference for those in their time of need. If you have any questions regarding the tournament and to RSVP, please contact Marilyn Lizee at mlizee@metis.com or at (780) 455-2200. 
On behalf of the Planning Committee, thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on June 8th!

Event Details 

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 
Start Time: Registration starts at 9:00 am
Location: Legends Golf Course, 53541 Range Rd 232, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4V2

Printable PDF poster available here. 
Registration PDF form available here.