Edmonton (May 11, 2020) – The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is announcing $140,000 from the Emergency Housing Fund for its Region One and Six offices to support Métis citizens within Alberta who have been affected by the floods in the Fort McMurray and Fort Vermilion/Mackenzie County areas. MNA Regions One and Six will work with Local 1935, Fort McMurray and Local 74, Fort Vermilion to ensure funding reaches those affected.
Flooding, due to ice jams on the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers and the Peace River in Mackenzie County, led to evacuation orders for some residents of Fort McMurray and Fort Vermilion.
“These have been called once-in-a-lifetime floods and many Métis people in the Fort McMurray and Fort Vermilion areas are being impacted,” said Audrey Poitras, President of the MNA. “The MNA is here to help all Métis citizens within Alberta in this time of need. We send our thoughts to everyone who has lost a home or suffered property damage, and we thank all of the first responders and everyone involved in ensuring the safety of all Albertans.”
“These unprecedented floods have added stress in a time of great uncertainty for Métis and all Albertans,” said MNA Vice-President Dan Cardinal. “The MNA is dedicated to ensuring Métis Nation citizens impacted by these floods, get the support they need a quickly as possible.”
The MNA funds will be made available to Métis citizens within Alberta who are in need to cover costs associated with being displaced as a result of the flooding. This can include expenses for temporary living arrangements, food, clothing, and other essentials.
About the MNA
Since its inception in 1928, the MNA promotes and facilitates the advancement of Métis people in Alberta through self-reliance, self-determination and self-management. The MNA is governed by a Provincial Council, comprised of a Provincial President and Vice President and six regional Presidents and Vice Presidents, all democratically elected. In June 2019, the Métis Nation of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed the MNA-Canada Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement.
Watch the announcement video for these supports by President Poitras.
If you’re a Métis citizen living in one of the flood affected areas and need support, please contact your Regional Office.