Archive for May, 2018

Memo: Construction of Métis Cultural Gathering Centre – Opportunities for Métis Citizens/General Contractors/Suppliers

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TO: MNA Citizens, Locals, Regions and Provincial Council
FROM: Audrey Poitras, MNA President
DATE: May 16, 2018
RE: Construction of Métis Cultural Gathering Centre – Opportunities for Métis Citizens/General Contractors/Suppliers

The Métis Crossing Cultural Gathering Centre will begin construction this summer. One of the priorities for the construction of the project is to maximize opportunities for our Métis citizens, suppliers and contractors to participate. The Métis Crossing Advisory Committee (MCAC) is requesting the assistance of MNA Regions and Affiliates to achieve this priority.

Step One: Will be an invitational bid process, meaning the tender package will be sent to seven (7) General Contractors (GC) to bid on the job. Subcontractors and suppliers will be invited to bid to the selected General Contractors.

To ensure that we include our Métis General Contractors in this invitation, the MCAC requests your assistance to identify Métis General Contractors that can provide a 50% Performance Bond for a $10,000,000 construction project.

Please forward their names to Juanita Marois, the Métis Crossing Development Manager (jmarois@metis.org), and she will ensure that they are included in the invitational process. All names of General Contractors must be to Juanita by Thursday, May 24, 2018 to be included.

Step Two: Once the seven (7) General Contractors have been invited, this list will be circulated to each Region and Affiliate, as well as posted on our MNA and Métis Crossing websites. The MCAC will again request your assistance to encourage Métis citizens and subcontractors to contact each GC directly to be included in their bids. We will also be requesting that these GCs access the new Métis Contractor Database.

Feel free to circulate this request, and ensure that Juanita Marois receives the names of the Métis General Contractors by Thursday, May 24, 2018. You can reach Juanita at jmarois@metis.org or by phone at (780) 722-1993.


Audrey Poitras

New Cultural Gathering Centre will breathe new life into Métis Crossing

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May 14, 2018 (Smoky Lake, AB) – The Métis Nation of Alberta, Government of Canada and Government of Alberta celebrated the ground-breaking for the new cultural gathering centre at Métis Crossing. Once complete, the centre will allow the Indigenous tourist attraction to offer year-round programming for the first time.

“Métis Crossing is a place of pride where we not only share culture and tradition, but offer an opportunity for others to learn and experience Métis culture. Our long awaited Cultural Gathering Centre, that has been a dream of Alberta’s Métis people for decades, is finally underway and will open up so many more future possibilities for visitors to enjoy in every season,” said Métis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras.

The new centre will provide 10,000 ft2 of gathering spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, exhibits and interpretive spaces to engage visitors. The centre is being designed to maximize energy and operational efficiencies to help achieve financial sustainability. The Government of Canada has committed $3.5 million for construction of the facility and the Government of Alberta has also provided $1 million in funding for construction and site developments.

“Our government is committed to working with Indigenous Peoples to build a better relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. We are proud to support the Métis Nation of Alberta in honouring this region’s—and Canada’s—diverse heritage and history through important sites like the Métis Crossing. Investments in projects like these demonstrate the Government of Canada’s goal of building strong, inclusive communities and promoting economic prosperity for all,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Construction on the new cultural centre is scheduled for completion late summer of 2019. The facility will provide a cozy place to warm up by the fireplace after visitors participate in authentic Métis experiences that may include night sky watching, snowshoeing, and trapping programs.

“Métis Crossing will contribute to the local and provincial economy while showcasing the history of a proud people – the Métis people of Alberta. Through this initiative, visitors from across the province and the country will learn about the importance of the Métis to Alberta and Canada through several exhibits and historical village tours,” said the Honourable Richard Feehan Alberta Provincial Minister of Indigenous Relations.

Located within the Victoria District National Historic Site, Métis Crossing is a beautiful 512-acre setting along the North Saskatchewan River comprised of five historic river lots. Métis Crossing is perfect for a family weekend getaway with activities for all ages, hiking trails, campsites, and new this year comfort camping in Métis trappers’ tents. It is the first Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta and boasts a historical village, restored homesteads, nature trails, and Voyageur canoe trips. Métis Crossing remains open this summer during construction and all programming will be available.

The development and operation of Métis Crossing mirrors the core values of the Métis community including self-sufficiency, respect of elders, participation of youth, and pride in culture. This site is one of many initiatives and projects the Métis Nation of Alberta supports to develop the socio-economic and cultural well-being of Métis people in Alberta.


For more information, please visit: metiscrossing.org

Media contact:

Rolando Inzunza

Director of Communications & Citizen Engagement

780-455-2200 ext. 395


Fourth Annual Métis Nation of Alberta Pancake Breakfast

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All are welcome to the fourth annual Métis Nation of Alberta Pancake Breakfast on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Join us for free pancakes as CFWE Radio broadcasts live.

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Head Office, #100 11738 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB

A special thank you to ATCO for generously providing the grills.

For further information, please call Sarah Kaup at (780) 455 2200 Ext. 431

Métis Nation of Alberta Releases Opioid Data & Action Plan

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For Immediate Release

Métis Nation of Alberta Releases Opioid Data & Action Plan

Edmonton, AB May 2, 2018 – The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is committed to positively affecting the health status of Métis citizens by providing supports and services to address the unique health outcomes among Métis Albertans. Utilizing our ongoing partnership and in response to the opioid crisis affecting all Albertans, the MNA is collaborating with Alberta Health, to determine the impact of opioids on Métis Albertans. 

The MNA, recently developed data on opioid and substance misuse, comparing rates of use and other indicators, for Métis Albertans with non-Métis Albertans. Some highlights of the findings include:

  • Between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, the rate of apparent accidental opioid toxicity deaths was slightly higher among Métis Albertans.
  • From 2013 to 2016, the rate of opioid dispensing has consistently been higher among Métis Albertans.
  • From 2014 to 2017, the rates of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations related to opioid use and other substances of misuse for Métis Albertans were consistently higher. Increases in the rates of ED visits and hospitalizations over this period were also greater for Métis Albertans.
  • Among both populations, the majority of apparent accidental opioid toxicity deaths were related to fentanyl relative to non-fentanyl opioids from January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
  • Among both populations, males, particularly those males aged 30-44 years, represented a much higher proportion of apparent accidental opioid toxicity deaths compared to females.
  • In 2016, among both populations, accidental fentanyl opioid toxicity deaths represented the highest proportion of all confirmed drug and alcohol toxicity deaths.

While these statistics are extremely concerning, the MNA is committed to providing supports and services with the intention of reducing the impact of opioid misuse on Métis Albertans. To this end, we have developed an Opioid Crisis Management Action Plan that will address this serious health concern. Starting June 2018, we will begin opioid awareness education and Take Home Naloxone Kit (THNK) training and distribution with Métis Albertans, in more than 70 Métis communities across Alberta.

The MNA has also hired a Research and Project Coordinator, specific to Opioids Navigation Services, to assist Metis Albertans who have experienced an overdose, help them navigate through the health care system, and connect them with culturally-relevant resources. By introducing the Opioid Crisis Management Action Plan and Opioid Navigation Services, we intend to decrease the number of overdoses seen in our Métis communities, lessen the amount of emergency department visits, encourage community champions through THNK training, and provide support for those navigating the health care system following an overdose.

The Métis Nation of Alberta will be releasing the full report to citizens in the coming weeks.

For a downloadable version of the press release, click here.

For more information on this project, contact:
Health, Children, and Youth Department
780-455-2200 ext. 249

For more information on the MNA, contact:
Rolando Inzunza
Director of Communications
Métis Nation of Alberta
780-455-2200 ext. 395