Current Affairs

Notice: Powerline Construction in Fort McMurray

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Construction on the ATCO/Alberta Powerline West Fort McMurray 500 kV project is scheduled to begin on September 25 2017, in various locations between Highway 2 and Martin Hills Road (Townships 72 to 75). Vegetation removal will begin first, followed by foundation installations, tower assembly, and stringing. Following completion of construction, reclamation work will begin. Initial construction work is scheduled to be complete by March 2018.

For safety reasons, traditional land use activities including harvesting will be restricted in and around the immediate areas of active construction.

For more information please contact Bruce Gladue.

bgladue@metis.org

(780) 455 2200 ext. 206

Click here to view the construction rout map.

Garneau Tree Commemorative Ceremony

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Friday, September 15th
University of Alberta

An important mark of Métis heritage in Edmonton, a 140-year-old Manitoba Maple, has sadly reached the end of its life cycle. On the grounds of the University of Alberta stands this historic tree; planted by prominent Métis figure Laurent Garneau and his wife Eleanor, shortly after their move to Edmonton in 1874. The MNA, in collaboration with the University of Alberta,
Garneau descendants, and community members are planning Commemorative Events to celebrate Laurent Garneau’s legacy and the history of the neighbourhood named in his honour.
A ceremony is to be held at the site of the Garneau Tree on September 15th, 2017. The event will include opening and closing prayers by Métis elders, fiddling, and speeches from MNA
President Audrey Poitras, Garneau descendants Duane Zaraska (Minister of Culture, MNA) and David Garneau, and a community member. A kitchen Party, hosted by David Garneau will follow at the Main Gym in Van Vliet Centre (behind the Butterdome).

Click here for more details on the Kitchen Party.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the ceremony invite.

 

Prime Minister Trudeau dismantles INAC & Introduces Two New Departments

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September 1, 2017

On Monday, August 28, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the dissolution of INAC with the creation of two new departments; the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and the Department of Indigenous Services.

Carolyn Bennett will now serve as the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs and former Health Minister Jane Philpott will become Minister of Indigenous Services.

A statement on Prime Minister Trudeau’s website details the ministerial changes:

“The new Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs will guide the Government’s forward-looking and transformative work to create a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples…The Minister will also be tasked with better whole-of-government coordination on our nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships. The new Minister of Indigenous Services will continue the important work of improving the quality of services delivered to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.”

In a personal message to INAC employees, Trudeau explains that, “We need to shed the administrative structures and legislation that were conceived in another time for a different kind of relationship.”

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is optimistic about the changes as they are modelled on recommendations from the 1996 Royal Commission on Indigenous Peoples which included a chapter on the Métis. It is also important to note that while this recent announcement is a positive start, much more work is needed to build a successful nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship between the Métis and the Canadian Government.

 

Click here to read Prime Minister Trudeau’s full statement.

Community Health Nights: Healthy Pregnancy

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Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) will be hosting their third Community Health Night on September 26, 2017. The Gianna Centre with Catholic Social Services will be providing a presentation on Healthy Pregnancy. Topics will include; nutrition, mindfulness, exercise, and birth planning.

To reserve a spot contact Christine by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at cdyck@metis.org, or 780-455-2200 ext. 249.

Click here to download the PDF poster.

MNA Affiliate Brochure

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The Métis Nation of Alberta works with various internal and external stakeholders to provide citizens with community-driven services and support.

Our Programs and Affiliates brochure details the background and roles of these departments along with their contact information.

If you are looking for supports within your community, this brochure is a great place to start.

Click here to download a PDF version.

MNA Annual General Assembly 2016/2017 Report

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The Métis Nation of Alberta 89th Annual General Assembly report is now available to view online.

This year’s report includes a feature spread on a 200 year old tradition kept alive by the Métis of Qu’apelle Valley as well as all ministerial reports and special resolutions.

Click here to download the entire report.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Conversation

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Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) will be hosting the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Conversation on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017. This informative session will be led by guest speaker Lisa Rogozinsky. Lisa is the Coordinator of the Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network and comes with a wealth of knowledge around FASD. Guests will have the ability to learn about FASD and to connect with supports within their community. Reserve a spot by contacting Christine by Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at cdyck@metis.org, or 780-455-2200 ext. 249. 

Voyageur Days at Métis Crossing & Victoria Settlement

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Connect with Métis culture at Voyageur Days! This is a wonderful weekend filled with experiences and activities for the whole family. Join us a Métis Crossing and nearby Victoria Settlement for a range of exciting new events on August 25, 26, and 27.

Find a full program of events here!

Immerse yourself in a range of fun family activities.

  • Camping at Métis Crossing – Friday and Saturday night
  • Earn your Voyageur Certificate while paddling a 25 foot North Voyageur Canoe
  • Listen to Métis Elders tell stories to help you connect with the Métis culture
  • Hear the sound of the fiddle, live, as you kick up your heels to the Red River Jig or Square Dance
  • Complete several rows on the woven “Infinity Sash” using a historic weaving loom
  • Participate in fun fur trade activities at Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site
  • Chow down on Bison Bannock Burger’s…or dogs
  • Try your skill in Voyageur games
  • Test your throwing accuracy in the horseshoe tournament

New special Voyageur Weekend experiences will connect with the traditional knowledge of the Métis culture and create a special sense of place. Haskin Canoe will provide 25 foot North Voyageur Canoes and will transport participants from Métis Crossing to Victoria Settlement.  At Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site, visitors paddling in Voyageur canoes  will be greeted on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River and welcomed to Fort Victoria which was established as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post in 1862.  Experience life as it was in the 1860’s with a focus on the fur trade!

Voyageur Canoe Experiences (Saturday & Sunday)      

  • Immersive (5 hrs): Travel by Voyageur Canoe down the North Saskatchewan River to Fort Victoria and delve into the lives of those who once called Victoria Settlement home. Trained guides will facilitate this excursion. ($30.00 for adults and $15.00 for youth)
  • North Voyageur (1.5 hrs): Led by qualified canoe guides, paddle in an authentic 25 foot North Voyageur Canoe down the North Saskatchewan.  This canoe experience builds upon Voyageur life where they transported furs and supplies along Canada’s historic fur trade routes. ($10.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth)
  • Fort Victoria Fur Trader (3 hrs): Paddle in a North Voyageur Canoe and experience how fur traders spent their summers travelling along Canadian rivers. Land ashore at Fort Victoria and step back into the 1860’s. This experience, led by costumed guides will connect you with Victoria Settlement that grew out of the fur trade.  ($20 for adults and $10.00 for youth)

 

For further information on camping and events please contact Leon & Phoebe at (780) 656 2229 or metiscrossing@metis.org

Otipemisiwak Annual General Assembly Special Out!

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This is a special edition of Otipemisiwak magazine that is designed to inform Métis Nation of Alberta citizens on Alberta Métis governance. The edition contains information on MNA Bylaws, Special Resolutions, the origin of the Annual General Assembly, voting procedures, and much more! We also have included information on what to expect for this year’s AGA and how you can get involved.  

This issue of Otipemisiwak visits past Annual General Assemblies, while highlighting upcoming events for this year’s AGA, including our 2017 Youth Conference, the Mobile Health Units, and our Métis Rights Conference! You can also find the complete package of upcoming Special Resolutions for the 89th Annual General Assembly. 

Click here to find the full Magazine.