Archive for July, 2017

Back to Batoche Days

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Back to Batoche Days 2017 marked yet another grand celebration of Métis culture. Lively fiddle music, jigging performances, and community events entertained hundreds of locals and visitors from all over the Nation, July 20th to 23rd.

In the following days, guests enjoyed lively jigging competitions, fiddling performances, bannock making, chariot races, voyageur games, and evening dances. Smells of traditional Métis food like neck bones, stew, and bannock wafted through the grounds and the surrounding hills were spotted with campers and tents proudly flying Métis flags. Back to Batoche Days is always a wonderful reminder of the enduring, welcoming, and kind Métis spirit.

Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) was thrilled to host another entertaining and successful Alberta Day on Friday, July 21st. Entertainment included performances by Nicely Put Together Band, Métis Child and Family Dancers, Riel Aubichon, Dorothy Walker, and many more. A huge thank you to all the talented performers who came to represent our province!

Visitors to the Alberta pavilion were treated to bannock and a fascinating display depicting historical locations within the Métis Homeland including Rat Portage, Métis Crossing, Edmonton, Batoche, Fort Resolution, Lewistown, New Caledonia, St Joseph, and Winnipeg. Guests had the chance to learn the history of these important Métis communities and the stories of the people who founded them.

MNA would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s celebrations a wonderful success.

To view more photos from this year’s Back to Batoche events, click here.

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! We’d like to thank MNA Region 6 for generously donating the laptop prize to this health initiative.

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 11th, 2017, Métis youth ages 15-29 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, as well as engage with representatives from post-secondary institutions such as Nait, University of Alberta, Northern Lakes College, MacEwan University, and distance education leader, Athabasca University about programs and admission requirements. The conference will also include Métis culture and team-building activities, such as Métis sash-weaving, york boat painting instruction, and an exciting Escape Room activity. Attendees of the conference will be entered to win a laptop valued at $1,000!

We’d like to thank Region 6 for generously donating the laptop prize for the Youth Conference.

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. 

*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 tkruk@metis.org or (780) 455 – 2200 ext. 239

To download the event program click here

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 afilella@metis.org 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 mlizee@metis.org


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 backtobatoche.ca

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: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland/activ/spec#n5

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 cdyck@metis.org, or 780-455-2200 ext.249.

Click here to download the PDF poster.