Archive for July, 2017

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 zoneiimetis@live.ca

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 solaralberta@inclimesolutions.ca, 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 afilella@metis.org or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220

Loved Métis musician, Richard Laboucan, passes away

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It is with deep sadness that Region VI Metis Nation has learned of the passing of Richard Laboucan. 

Richard was a long time friend who was an excellent entertainer musician.  He was awesome on the fiddle and many of our youth and members have jigged over the years to his tunes.  He was also a very good guitar player.  Whenever we had an event, Richard would come and play for us.  He wasn`t all about the money, he would say whatever you pay me is fine with me. 

He was a quiet guy who never said much, had a little smile that would light up once in a while, mostly when he would watch his granddaughter Mya jig.  When we get together at Region VI Metis Nation, be it at our Annual Assembly, Elders tea, Metis Week celebrations, fiddling competitions, birthday parties, etc., we will think of Richard and miss him.


Herb Belcourt, Honoured Métis Philanthropist, Passes Away

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Thursday July 6, 2017

Métis Nation of Alberta was saddened to hear the news of Herb Belcourt’s passing on July 5th, 2017.

Belcourt dedicated his life to helping others and has had a profound impact on the Métis community across the nation. After building a successful construction company, he directed his efforts to a Housing Corporation, served as chair of Rupertsland Institute, and founded the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards, which broke barriers to education in the Métis community while instilling pride in the Métis culture.

For this and other initiatives that helped the lives of countless Métis people, Belcourt has been the recipient of numerous honours, including the Order of Canada (2010), a University of Alberta Honorary Doctorate Degree (2001), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003), and a park named after him in Sherwood Park (2017). This year also saw him inducted into the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and the Salute to Excellence 2017 Community Service Hall of Fame.

With all his accomplishments and honours, when asked of his greatest achievement, Belcourt always responded firmly and proudly with “my family.” Herb Belcourt and his wife Lesley have been married for more than 44 years.

MNA offers heartfelt condolences to the Belcourt family on this tremendous loss.

Funeral and Celebration of Life to be held at 10 am Saturday July 22, 2017.

Festival Place

100 Festival Way

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 5T2



Annual MNA Region 3 Stampede Breakfast

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July 14, 2017
7:00 am – 11:00 am

MNA Region 3 Office
1415 28th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta

Join Region 3 and enjoy food, family, friends, and music at their Annual Stampede Breakfast. For more information, Contact Marlene Lanz at (403) 815-6720 or 1-800-267-5844. 

Click here to download the PDF poster.

14th Annual Métis Hivernant Days

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Friday, August 4 – 6, 2017

Big Valley, Alberta
Jubilee Hall, Main Street

Join Region 3 in a weekend of family fun! The Friday night will kick off the weekend with dancing, story telling, music & snacks at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall on Main Street. Activities on Saturday will include 

  • Breakfast 8:30 ($5.00 fee)
  • Horse drawn Red River Rides
  • Sash Weaving
  • Fiddle Lessons
  • Bannock Making Contest
  • Beading Project
  • Children’s Games & Crafts 
  • Drum Making 
  • Voyager games

Discover Métis History & Culture! For more information, contact Marlene Lanz at (403) 815-6720 or 1-800-267-5844. 

Click here to download the PDF poster.

Notice to Members

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July 5, 2017 

Re: Presenting Ordinary Resolutions at the Annual Assembly 

As per Ordinary Resolution #7, that was passed at the 88th Métis Nation of Alberta Annual Assembly, which states:

Melanie Omeniho moves that the Resolution Committee be mandated with the responsibility of presenting all resolutions and start by setting up a process for us to submit resolutions for them to be put on a screen before voting. Seconded by Brian Fayant. Resolution Passed. 

The Resolution Committee is selected on Saturday morning, the first day of the Annual Assembly Business Meeting. Therefore the following temporary process has been put in place until such time when the Resolution Committee for this year will meet and look at creating a process that will be put in place for future Annual Assemblies. 

So please be advised that anyone wishing to submit an ordinary resolution for this year’s Annual Assembly to please have them faxed, emailed, or hand written and delivered to:

Ron Harrison, 
Fax: 780.452.8946
Email: rharrison@metis.org

All ordinary resolutions must be delivered by 9:00 am on Saturday August 12, 2017. 

Thank you,
Audrey Poitras, 
President of Métis Nation of Alberta 

Click here to download the PDF notice. 

Click here to download the PDF poster.