Archive for October, 2018

John McDonald celebrates his retirement with the Métis Nation of Alberta

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After dedicating nearly 70 years to his country and community, John Kenneth McDonald celebrated his retirement with the Métis Nation of Alberta and the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta on Oct. 19, 2018 at the River Cree Casino.

John has been an outstanding role model for Indigenous youth and a bright example of what tireless dedication can achieve. He and his wife Myrtle leave behind a decade-long legacy at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre’s Bold Eagle program, a summer military/employment program for Indigenous youth. John also served as President of the Korea Veterans Association Unit 21.

Born in 1933 in Neepawa, Manitoba, John began his illustrious career with the Canadian Army in 1950. For almost 40 years, he travelled the world to serve his country, taking on many roles including Gunner, Corporal, Sergeant Major, and Chief Warrant Officer.

In the 1980s he settled in Edmonton, and for the next 17 years worked for the City of Edmonton as a Maintenance Engineering Analyst. In 1989, he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Militia and nine years later retired from the City of Edmonton.

It wasn’t until age 57 that he discovered his family connection to a long line of Hudson’s Bay Company explorers and traders, and their Swampy Cree wives.

From that time onwards, John has dedicated himself to his community. The community in turn has honored the well-decorated veteran with the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta for Indigenous Youth award, The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, The Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, The Canadian Special Service Medal, and The Korea “Ambassador Peace” Medal, to name just a few.

The MNA was honoured to be among friends, family, and colleagues to toast John’s retirement from the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta. Many in attendance stood to speak of John’s strong character, passion, and dedication.

The MNA thanks John for his service and contribution to our community and wishes him the best in his retirement.

 

 

 

Métis Nation of Alberta’s new Provincial Council sworn-in at packed ceremony

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The newly elected Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Provincial Council (PC) were officially sworn-in Saturday night, October 20, 2018, among family, friends, and community at the River Cree Casino.

One by one, each council member was called to the stage to read and sign their solemn oath to the Nation and its citizens. Some were joined by family members and mentors who shared histories of dedication, pride, and continued determination to make a difference.

The packed ceremony came just a day after their first PC sitting on Friday, October 19th at the MNA Provincial Head Office.

The 14 Provincial Council members will hit the ground running with many initiatives in each region and Métis Week (November 12-17) on the horizon.

The newly elected members are as follows:

Provincial President – Audrey Poitras

 

Provincial Vice President – Daniel Cardinal

 

Region One President – James Cardinal

 

Region One Vice President – Jason Ekeberg

 

Region Two President – Duane Zaraska

 

Region Two Vice President – Andrea Sandmaier

 

Region Three President – Lawrence Gervais

 

Region Three Vice President – Judy Gentes

 

Region Four President – Tracy Friedel

 

Region Four Vice President – Gary Gagnon

 

Region Five President – Elmer Gullion

 

Region Five Vice President – Hilda Lambert

 

Region Six President – Carol Ridsdale

 

Region Six Vice President – Conrad DeLeeuw

Métis Nation of Alberta’s new Provincial Council hold inaugural meeting

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October 19, 2018 (Edmonton, AB) The Métis Nation of Alberta’s (MNA) newly elected Provincial Council sat for their inaugural meeting Friday, October 19 at the MNA’s Provincial Head Office in Edmonton.

The Métis Nation of Alberta Government’s September 18 election saw several changes to its Provincial Council across all six regions. The 14 new Provincial Council members will be sworn in at an inauguration ceremony Saturday, October 20 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

The newly elected officials are as follows:


Provincial
 President           

Audrey Poitras

Vice President                     

Daniel Cardinal

Region 1                                   

President – James Cardinal

Vice President – Jason Ekeberg

Region 2 

President – Duane Zaraska

Vice President – Andrea Sandmaier

Region 3 

President – Lawrence Gervais

Vice President – Judy Gente

Region 4 

President – Tracy Friedel

Vice President – Gary Gagnon

Region 5 

President – Elmer Gullion

Vice President – Hilda Lambert

Region 6 

President – Carol Ridsdale

Vice President – Conrad DeLeeuw

 

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For more information, please contact:

Rolando Inzunza
Director of Communications & Citizen Engagement
780-455-2200 ext. 395
rinzunza@metis.org

Jason Madden: Time for reconciliation here

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Photo: Jason Madden (centre) views the signing of the Canada-Manitoba Métis Federation by MMF president David Chartrand (second left) and Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett (far right) on Sept. 22.

Métis lawyer Jason Madden has written in Canadian Lawyer Magazine about the significance and the implications of the recent Canada-Manitoba Métis Federation agreement for the Métis Nation. Read the article, “Reconciliation with the Métis: The time is here.”