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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.

In Memory of Marlene Lanz

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December 11, 1943 – August 25, 2018

On August 25, 2018 the Métis Nation suffered a great loss. Marlene Lanz, President of Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Region Three, passed away at the age of 74. Marlene served as Region Three President for 12 years and dedicated her life to the betterment of Métis in Alberta.

Born and raised in High Prairie, Marlene lived in Medicine Hat for 25 years before moving to Peace River in 1989 to work for the MNA. She started many successful programs in Region Six, including a series of workshops on how to start a business. In 1991, Marlene transferred to the Region Three office in Calgary and continued her efforts until 1994. After strong encouragement from the citizens in Region Three, Marlene ran for Vice President of the region and was elected in 1996. She served three terms as Vice President before being elected President in 2006.

Marlene dedicated her life to preserving our history. She worked tirelessly on projects at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, Tail Creek and Boss Hill Campgrounds, and Big Valley to name a few. Her legacy is enshrined in these places for visitors to enjoy and remember for years to come.

Marlene’s unwavering effort to make a difference, coupled with her social consciousness has made her name synonymous with kindness and generosity. We would not be where we are today without her tireless commitment to the betterment of Métis across the country. She will not be forgotten.

We send our deepest condolences to Marlene’s husband and family.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 6pm – 8pm at McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 1pm at Executive Royal Hotel, 2828 23 St Northeast, Calgary, AB.

Those wishing to send a message of condolence may do so here.

RCMR Scrip Booklet

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The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is proud to partner with the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research to develop this new publication, Métis Scrip in Albertaon the sorry history of Métis land dispossession in Alberta and western Canada by the federal government’s Métis scrip system.

Métis Scrip in Alberta was prepared with the assistance of Leah Hrycun, Dr. Frank Tough, Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, Jenn Rossiter, Jason Madden, and Zachary Davis.

Download a copy of the booklet.

Métis Nation Annual General Assembly Adopts Motion to Support Trans Mountain Pipeline

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Lac La Biche, Alberta (August 13, 2018) – At the Métis Nation of Alberta’s 90th General Assembly yesterday, delegates voted in favor of a resolution supporting the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which also included a component for Indigenous ownership and equity.

The McMurray Métis and the Métis Nation of Alberta united on the motion, with McMurray Métis CEO Bill Loutitt moving the resolution and it was seconded by Métis Nation of Alberta’s Karen Collins, President of Region 2.

“The McMurray Métis has already participated in various meetings with provincial and federal government officials highlighting the need for Indigenous ownership and equity. With the adoption of this motion by the Métis Nation of Alberta it will only strengthen our position during negotiations in the months ahead.”
       – Bill Loutitt, CEO McMurray Métis.

“The Métis of Alberta are working together to provide a better future for our children and grandchildren. Solid economic investment, including pipelines like the Trans Mountain, is the right way to go. I was very pleased by the strong show of support for this resolution.”
       – Audrey Poitras, President, Métis Nation of Alberta


To read the full motion, click here.