Archive for July, 2017

Supporting Women’s Health at MNA’s 89th Annual General Assembly

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Take advantage of this community-led initiative to bring essential cancer screening services to Métis women in Alberta. It is integral that our community takes advantage of this cancer screening opportunity so that MNA will have similar future health opportunities for our citizens. When you attend your appointment, you will be entered into a draw to win a laptop valued at $1000.00.

Call Christine Dyck at (780) 455-2200 ext.249 to reserve your appointment today. 

Click here for a printable PDF poster.


Youth Conference for 89th MNA Annual General Assembly

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On August 11, 2017, Métis youth ages 15-35 are invited to participate in a Career Exploration Conference at the 89th Annual General Assembly of the Métis Nation of Alberta.  The conference aims to inspire and expose youth to a variety of education and career options, mentors, education and employment support services, as well as financial supports for Métis youth considering post-secondary education and other training to employment opportunities.  Youth will have an opportunity to choose from a selection of break-out sessions with career professionals from a wide range of occupations to learn more about careers that interest them. They will also be able to engage with representatives from post-secondary institutions, such as MacEwan University and distance education leader Athabasca University, about programs and admission requirements. 

The youth will join with the main AGA event attendees at 6:00 pm for a picnic at Riverfront Park and an opportunity to perform at an Open Mic.

Click here for printable PDF Poster.

*Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) are required for youth taking part in the 89th AGA Youth Conference.

If you require assistance applying for your SIN, please contact Tania Kruk at or 780-455-2200 ext. 239

The MNA concludes round of engagements regarding Climate Change

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The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is happy to announce the conclusion of its Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities Community Engagement workshops on climate change.  The MNA held a series of 18 workshops throughout Alberta between April and June of this year, which aimed to educate, inform, and gather feedback from MNA members on climate change and related initiatives.  The workshops took place in the following locations:

  • Athabasca
  • Fort McMurray
  • Lloydminster
  • Stony Plain
  • Calgary
  • Grand Prairie
  • Medicine Hat
  • Valleyview
  • Cold Lake
  • High Prairie
  • Peace River
  • Wabasca-Demarais
  • Edmonton
  • Lac La Biche
  • St. Paul
  • Edson
  • Lethbridge
  • Slave Lake

We would like to thank all of the attendees, participants, and volunteers who joined us during the past three months.  A lot of time and effort was spent ensuring that we could deliver a strong program for our members, and thanks to your support, we are thrilled with its success.

The MNA has listened closely to the feedback we have gathered throughout the engagements.  This gathered feedback will aim to inform policy and program development, and ensure that Métis interests and concerns are being heard and addressed. The MNA is currently in the process of communicating this feedback to the Government of Alberta in order to work towards providing MNA members with programs, services, and initiatives, related to climate change, that would provide the greatest benefit.

Please note that the MNA is still accepting feedback through its online survey.  If you would like to access the online feedback form, please click here.

If you would like to view the presentations from the workshops, you can access them by clicking here.


For questions related to MNA climate change initiatives, please contact Andres Filella, Climate Change Consultant at the Métis Nation of Alberta, at or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220.







89th MNA Annual General Assembly Special Resolutions

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The MNA is taking special measures to ensure members are informed of all special resolutions to be presented at the 89th Annual General Assembly.

MNA received 12 special resolutions for presentation.

Click here to download the full package.

AGA Trade-show Vendor Registration

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Calling all small and large business’, non-profits, and educational institutions!

Registration for the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) 89th Annual General Assembly Trade-show is open.

This is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization to over 500 people at MNA’s biggest annual event.

Costs of booth rentals (for 3 days) are as follows:

• Non-Profit Organizations & Educational Institutions – $100.00
• Corporate, Business & Government – $250.00

Deadline for registration is Tuesday August 8th.

Click here to download PDF registration form.

For further inquiries please contact: Marilyn Lizee on 780 732 3381 or


Back to Batoche Days

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Join in one of the most celebrated Métis Festivals in North America – Back to Batoche Days. This celebration has been enjoyed for nearly 50 years by Métis across North America. This year, events will also include Alberta Day celebrations on Friday, July 21, featuring a number of performers from all over Alberta.

Enjoy the wonderful culture and music of the Métis at this family-orientated event that is open to everyone.

Correction: The most recently released issue of Oti Express listed an incorrect address for Back to Batoche Days. Events DO NOT take place in Prince Albert. If you plan on joining in the festivities, please see the correct location, coordinates, and map link below.

 Adjacent to Batoche National Historical Site, located on Highway 225, Batoche, SK, S0K 3R0 

GPS Coordinates: 52°45’14.70”N, 106° 6’37.19”W

Click here for a map.

Weekend Passes

Seniors & Students: $40

Adult (over 18): $50

Children (12 & under): Free

Daily Passes

Seniors/Students Friday & Saturday: $15/day

Seniors/Students Thursday & Sunday: $10/day

Adults Friday & Saturday: $20/day

Adults Thursday & Sunday: $15/day


30 amps: $35/day

35 amps: $45/day

For more information please contact 2017 Back to Batoche Chairperson- Darlene McKay  at (306) 763 – 5356 or visit

Elk Island Hosts Parks Day Festivities

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Elk Island National Park will be hosting Parks Day events this Saturday, July 15th, and Métis Nation of Alberta members are welcome to join in the festivities! 

Exploring by canoe, camping under star-filled skies and outdoor living are all traditions that have been part of Canada’s 150 year legacy. Come embrace these timeless traditions by learning how to navigate a canoe or gain outdoor adventure skills at a “Learn to Camp” workshop.

Top it all off by bringing a picnic to share with your family and friends as live music by local artists fills the air with festive spirit.

Entrance into the park is free!

For more information on Elk Island Park, please check out their event’s page:

MNA Community Health Nights

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Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) will be hosting their second Community Health Night on July 25, 2017. This information session will be led by guest speaker Dr. Don Voaklander, Professor and Director of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta School of Public Health.
Dr. Voaklander will speak to the recently released MNA health reports on Cancer, Injuries, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among Métis in Alberta. Snacks and beverages are provided.

Reserve a spot by contacting Christine by Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at, or 780-455-2200 ext.249.

Click here to download the PDF poster.

14th Annual Andy Collins Golf Tournament

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You are cordially invited to participate in the 14th Annual Andy Collins Golf Tournament.

Mark the date as it is set for Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Grand Centre Golf and Country Club in Cold Lake, Alberta. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Breakfast is available at the clubhouse from 8:30 a.m. for a very reasonable price!

The registration is $500.00 for a team of 4 which includes carts and your steak dinners. Cheques can be payable to Zone II Regional Council. If you are unable to attend and do want to contribute toward the bursaries, please do call our office 780-826-7483 or email

Yes … the Hole-In-One of $25,000.00 was won during the 13th annual tournament! Congratulations Jordan!! However, the sponsorship for Hole #5 challenge is back on for this year! The hole-in-one prize payout is $25,000.00!

As we have done in the past, the funds raised are disbursed to students from the Zone II area to assist with their education and living expenses. Over the years we have assisted 3-4 students per year! Thank you for your continued support toward the Andy Collins Golf Tournament and our bursary program.

Come and join us for a fun filled day of laughter, good company and great food!

Warm regards,
Karen Collins,                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Energy Efficiency Alberta Announces Launch of Residential and Commercial Solar Program

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Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new program to help homeowners, businesses, and non-profits overcome the high costs of solar energy by offering rebates for solar PV system installation.

This program will cut solar installation costs by up to 30% for residences (or the lesser of $10,000), and up to 25% for businesses and non-profits (or the lesser of $500,000).  Meanwhile, this program will create roughly 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about half a million tonnes.

The program offers a $0.75/watt rebate for residential, commercial, and non-profit solar PV systems of up to 15 Kw for residences, and up to 5 MW for commercial and non-profits.

Click here to view more details about the program, including eligibility requirements, and how to get started.  The website also includes an online informational video.

For questions related to this program, please contact a Program Manager at, or, Energy Efficiency Alberta at 1-844-357-5604.

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 or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220