Current Affairs

Alberta Residential Treatment Standards Survey

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The Métis Nation of Alberta is co-leading a project with Thunderbird Partnership Foundation in collaboration with Alberta Health to develop minimum standards of care for residential addictions treatment services province-wide.

If you have experience with residential addictions treatment centres (care provided in a live-in treatment centre, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, involving intensive, structured treatment activities), we welcome and invite your input through this short, 10-15-minute survey:

Responses are anonymous and will inform the development of care standards. We invite those with lived experiences, family members of those with lived experience, residential addictions treatment care providers, community supports, academics and researchers, and government representatives to participate in this important initiative.

Request for Website Redevelopment Proposal

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The Métis Nation of Alberta is redeveloping our current website ( If you are interested in learning more and potentially responding to our Request for Proposals (RFP), please see the attached PDF document.

All communications regarding this RFP should be directed to the RFP contact (see below) via email. Email is the preferred method of communication. Please include “MNA Website RFP” in the subject line of all RFP-related correspondence.

All questions should be submitted in advance of the deadline. The deadline for submitting questions for clarifications to the RFP contact is Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm MST. A list of questions and responses will be sent to all interested parties, who submit questions or request to be added to that list, after Friday, November 30, 2018.

Final proposals must be submitted electronically (PDF) to by Friday, December 14 at 4:30 pm MST. 

Final proposals should be marked ‘Métis Nation of Alberta Website Proposal 2018’

Date Advertised: Friday, November 2, 2018

Proposal Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018

RFP contact: Rolando Inzunza
Director of Communications & Citizen Engagement
#100-11738 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5G 0X5

To review the RFP click here.


Help Make a Christmas Wish Come True!

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Thank you to everyone who supported the Nighi Métis Seniors Lodge by ordering your holiday plants and wreaths.

Your purchase helps bring a little magic to those needing it most.

Your order will be available for pick up Friday, December 7 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Métis Nation of Alberta head office: 11738 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB.

Call 780-455-2200 for more information, or if you need to arrange another pick-up time.



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:


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

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.”

Continuing Care Focus Group

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Continuing Care Focus Groups

Help shape continuing care services for seniors in your community. Continuing Care Services include home support living, supportive living, and facility living.

Together we will discuss services currently available in your area, barriers accessing services, and desired services in your community.

No dates scheduled.

September 15-18: Region 1 (North) Conklin, Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan

Registry sessions

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Registry Sessions

Become a citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta and get access to cultural enrichment programs, scholarships and skills training, housing, and more.

Bring your completed citizen application form to our upcoming event or get assistance filling out the form from our Registry team.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm 
Location: Polar Palace Hockey Arena (Swanson Room), 4429 52 Avenue, Valleyview AB

Grande Cache
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm 
Location: Métis Nation Centre, 3300 Pine Plaza, Grande Cache AB

For more information about required documents, see our guidelines.