Since its inception in 1928, the MNA is the Métis Government for Métis Albertans with its geographical and legal boundaries being the province of Alberta. The MNA is governed by a provincial council, comprised of a provincial president and vice-president, and six (6) regional presidents and vice-presidents, all democratically elected. Together, this council work toward the mandate of the MNA, which supports practices of transparency, accountability and inclusiveness for Métis Albertans in governments’ policy and decision-making processes, and overall, promotes and facilitates the advancement of Métis people through self-reliance, self-determination and self-management.
The mandate of the MNA is to be a representative voice on behalf of Métis people in Alberta, provide Métis people an opportunity to participate in government’s policy and decision making process and, most importantly, promote and facilitate the advancement of Métis people through the pursuit of self-reliance, self-determination and self-management.
Overall, the MNA has evolved from an organization with a small membership to an organization whose membership exceeds 40,000 people spread across the province, while remaining focused on community consultation and representation to an organization that is both a representative body and a program and service provider.
We are responsible for implementing specific projects to an organization responsible for providing ongoing programs and services, and have grown from an organization that simply reacted to government policy changes to an organization that is called upon to actively participate in the policy-making process.
Over the past 15 years, a new set of expectations has been established for the MNA through the Alberta/ MNA Framework Agreement process, Federal/ Provincial/ MNA Tripartite Agreement process, and the Government of Alberta’s Aboriginal Policy Framework.
During this period the MNA has also seen a steady rise in the number of Métis people in the Province who have registered as members of the MNA. Membership in the MNA grew by almost 300% in the last decade. Clearly, more and more Métis people in Alberta recognize the benefits of MNA memberships and the importance of the MNA as a government for the Métis people.
As well, the MNA has made a transition from solely a representative body to a government responsible and accountable for the ongoing delivery of a variety of programs and services. The MNA has continued to make significant strides and has been successful in developing and implementing a number of institutions (including Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc., Métis Urban Housing Corporation of Alberta, Métis Capital Housing Corporation, Rupertsland Institute, Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research, and Métis Crossing).
The MNA has proven itself very capable of playing a role in the policy development process. Its elected officials and staff sit on a wide range of committees responsible for an even wider array of issues.