Archive for June, 2019

Métis Nation of Alberta sign landmark agreement on self-government

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July 5, 2019 Update: We’ve added the information below to our Self-Governance page. Click here for more information, plus an OpEd from President Poitras

June 27, 2019

Today, after over 90 years of perseverance and struggle, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) signed the first ever self-government agreement between the Government of Canada and a Métis government.

Click the links below to find the media release, unsigned agreement, FAQ, and to watch the signing ceremony video.

Métis Nation of Alberta and Canada sign historic agreement in Ottawa (Press Release)

Self-Government Agreement (Unsigned)

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement FAQ

Click here to watch the full video of the signing ceremony.

From left to right: Dan Cardinal, MNA Vice-President, Aaron Barner, MNA Senior Executive Officer, Audrey Poitras, MNA President, and The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister for Crown-Indigenous Affairs sign the first ever self-government agreement between the Government of Canada and a Métis government.

Métis Nation of Alberta and Canada to sign landmark agreement on self-government

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June 26, 2019

Click hereto read the agreement, media release, and FAQs.

On June 27th at 10:00 a.m. in Ottawa, Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras, MNA Vice President Dan Cardinal and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will sign the first ever self-government agreement between the Government of Canada and a Métis government.

They will be joined by the MNA Provincial Council as well as Métis leaders, youth, and Elders from Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  The Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan will also be signing similar self-government agreements with Minister Bennett at the event.

There will be photo opportunities with all Métis leaders and Minister Bennett. Following the signing, Audrey Poitras and Dan Cardinal will be available for interviews.

Date:June 27, 2019
Time:
10:00 a.m. (EDT)
Where:Wellington Building (Room 425)
180 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario

Contact:
Rolando Inzunza
Director of Communications & Citizen Engagement
Métis Nation of Alberta
780-880-8545

The signing will be live streamed on Facebook at 8:00AM MDT. Tune in to facebook.com/ABMetis/ to see it.

McDavid & Gretzky Picture Raffle

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Check out our Oilers picture up for raffle! All proceeds are going to the wildfire evacuees. Tickets are $5.00 each. Draw to be made August 17, 2019 at the AGA in St. Paul! Please contact the Region 6 office for tickets: 780-624-4219.

Métis Nation of Alberta join Annual Summit with Government of Canada

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Gatineau, Quebec (June 13, 2019) – Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta met with the Prime Minister, Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and several key cabinet ministers. The meeting was an Annual Summit between the Government of Canada and the governing members of the Métis National Council (i.e. Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, and Métis Nation of British Columbia). The purpose of the Annual Summit was discussing progress and accomplishments made implementing the Canada-Métis Nation Accord over the past year as well as reviewing joint priorities for the upcoming year. Priorities identified for next year included: Education, Environment, Justice and Policing, Métis Section 35 Rights, and Youth and Sports.

Over the past year, there have been several significant agreements made between the Métis National Council, its governing members, and the Government of Canada, including: the Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Accord (March 2019), the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (September 2018), the Canada-Métis Nation Housing Sub-Accord (July 2018), and Métis Nation Skills and Employment Accord (June 2018). Other important accomplishments were the Indigenous Languages Act (February 2019) and the 2019-2020 Federal Budget (March 2019), which strongly supported many Métis Nation priorities.

Additionally, the various Ministers from the Canadian Government presented on topics such as Child and Family Services, Languages, Health, Post-Secondary Education, Economic Development, Homelessness, Governance, Reconciliation, and other areas of importance to the nation.

The Métis Nation of Alberta is very proud to be have been an integral part of negotiating these various agreements with the Government of Canada and continues to be committed to upholding the inherent rights of its citizens.

Quotes:

Working with this federal government has been instrumental to progressing, protecting, and celebrating Métis culture, values, and history. The current government have been very supportive of addressing our social and economic development and our inherent rights as a Métis Nation. The work we have accomplished over the past four years will affect generations to come.

– Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta

Today was a very valuable exchange of information and setting future priorities. Over the past four years, the Métis Nation has had such progressive and collaborative discussions with the federal government. We look forward to continuing our important work with them.

– Dan Cardinal, Vice President of the Métis Nation of Alberta

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For more information about the Métis Nation of Alberta, please visit albertametis.com.

Media contact:

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