Current Affairs

Beginner Cree Classes

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As part of the Cultural Enrichment Program, the MNA is offering introductory Cree lessons in Region 1.

Join us for lessons on speaking, reading, and writing Cree over 18 weeks. Classes will be held at the Region 1 Office in Lac La Biche.

Details

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (Sessions occur weekly).
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Region 1 Office, 10104 102 Ave, Lac La Biche AB

Click here for information on how to register and to view the PDF poster.

Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards

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The Métis Nation of Alberta is excited to share details of the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. This unique award program provides the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional qualities of students who inspire their peers, teachers, education leaders, and community members while respecting the agency of other students to do the same in their own ways. 

The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.
Formerly known as “Indigenous Shining Student Award”, the program has been enhanced and expanded and continues to be supported through the collaboration of education partners in Alberta. This important re-imagining of the award has been inspired by the ASBA Indigenous Advisory Circle whose leadership, advice, and guidance has been invaluable in creating this exciting new awards program.

If you know a Métis student who embodies the above qualities, you now have the chance to nominate them. For nomination information and further details on the awards, click here.

MNA 5th Annual Provincial Business Mixer

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre
11834 Kingsway Ave, Edmonton AB

This year we focus on creating professional relationships between Métis business owners and industry leaders. Updates on Métis Crossing and the growth of Métis Tourism will be provided and we will be accepting proposals for the development of the Métis Crossing site.

Seminar: 9:00am – 11:30am

Métis Contractor Database open registration, presentations on Métis Crossing, and Indigenous Tourism development. Free to attend, please register to secure a seat.

Trade Show: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Free to attend. Vendor tables sold out.

Dinner & Gala: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

$65/person or $500 / table of 8 for non-Métis citizens. Free for Métis citizens with citizen ID.
Please reserve your seat by March 20, 2018. Limited seating

Please contact Katie Suvanto to reserve a seat by emailing ksuvanto@metis.org or by calling (780) 455-2200 Ext. 235

Click here to download the Business Mixer PDF invite.

Click here to download the Business Mixer poster.

Click here to view the seminar agenda.

Click here to see the schedule of events.

MNA Region 3 Annual General Meeting

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Join the MNA Region 3 community as they gather for their Annual General Meeting.

Saturday, February 17th 2018

Albert Park Community Hall: 1310 – 28 Street SE, Calgary

Agenda for the day will include talks on:

  • Region 3 report
  • Financial report
  • Rupertsland Institute
  • Apeetogosan
  • Youth
  • Housing
  • Seniors

Click here for full agenda

Rupertsland Structural Assessment Stakeholder Survey

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Métis Nation of Alberta affiliate, Rupertsland Institute (RLI) has commissioned a study to examine the alignment of RLI’s organizational structure with its mandate, mission and vision. The scope of this project includes an independent review of RLI’s governance, administration, and service delivery structures in the context of foreseeable changes in its business environment and in light of the Métis Nation of Alberta’s relationship with the Government of Canada.

After a competitive process RLI has selected Engage First Management Consultants (www.engagefirst.ca) to conduct this independent review. Engage First is a professional management consulting firm based in Edmonton with expertise in organizational analysis and experience with Indigenous organizations.

The first phase of the review requires extensive data collection and consultations with RLI’s key stakeholders including staff, clients and members of the Métis community. You are part of this consultation and your valuable opinion is being sought through an online survey being conducted by the independent consultant.  We would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey.  Please be assured that no personal information will be asked and all the information collected in this survey will be treated with strict confidentiality.  

Begin Survey

Response to Inaccuracies in CBC News Article re: MNA Local 2097 Election

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For Immediate Release

Response to Inaccuracies in CBC News Article re: MNA Local 2097 Election

Edmonton, AB January 8, 2018 – The Métis Nation of Alberta (“MNA”) must respond to numerous errors and inaccuracies contained in an article entitled “Métis Nation of Alberta calls re-election of local president ‘a sham’,” which was published on the CBC News website on January 7, 2018.  The article relates to the re-election of the president of MNA Local 2097 (Lac la Biche) on November 16, 2017.

First, it must be made clear that this is the MNA’s first public statement regarding the re-election of the president of MNA Local 2097: the MNA has not called this re-election “a sham.”  The MNA is a province-wide organization with over 35,000 Citizens.  The MNA consists of a Provincial Council, six Regional Councils, and numerous Local Councils that, taken together, constitute the government of the Métis Nation within Alberta.  According to the MNA’s bylaws, the President of the MNA’s Provincial Council, Audrey Poitras, is the spokesperson for the MNA.  The CBC News article’s headline apparently refers to a press release issued by MNA Region 1 Regional Council on January 5, 2018.  MNA Region 1 Regional Council, however, does not speak for the MNA as a whole.

For over 90 years, the MNA has been a manifestation of the Métis Nation’s inherent right to self-government.  Our legitimacy, as a Métis government, comes from our Citizens—the Métis people themselves.  At present, however, the MNA and its Regions and Locals are incorporated under Alberta’s Societies Act. The purpose of the incorporated association is to serve as a transitional vehicle on our journey towards full recognition of our self-government.  Until full recognition of our self-government is achieved, we are obliged to adhere to the Societies Act and the bylaws considered, passed, and amended by our citizens at our Annual Meetings.

The MNA Local 2097’s Local Annual Meeting and Local Council election was held on November 16, 2017.  In keeping with the bylaws of the MNA and MNA Local 2097, this date was set on October 25, 2017, at a regular meeting of the Local Council.  As directed by the Local Council and in keeping with the applicable bylaws, notice of the meeting was given to members of Local 2097 by email, text, phone call, and newspaper. 

The November 16, 2017, meeting was held at the home of Local president Brenda Bourque-Stratichuk.  The bylaws of the MNA and MNA Local 2097 place no restrictions on where meetings can be held.  MNA Locals are often small and underfunded, which sometimes means that meetings must be held in private residences.

The applicable bylaws require that a Local Council election be attended by at least 10 MNA Citizens who are eligible to vote at the meeting.  At November 16, 2017, meeting, this quorum was met.  In keeping with MNA Local 2097’s bylaws, all members of MNA Local 2097 who attended the meeting were permitted to vote.  The election was chaired by Daniel Cardinal, MNA Region 1 Vice President.

The MNA’s Citizens and leaders have long recognized the limitations of the Societies Act as a vehicle for Métis self-government.  That is why we are actively engaged in achieving full self-government for the Métis Nation of Alberta, outside of the Societies Act.  On November 16, 2017, Canada and the MNA signed a historic Framework Agreement, which committed to giving expression to our inherent right to self-government and self-determination, including by negotiating a self-government agreement with Canada and developing a constitution for the Métis Nation with Alberta. We are working hard to make this happen.  The dream of full recognition of self-government for the Métis Nation within Alberta is now closer than ever.

 

For more information, contact:

Rolando Inzunza

Director of Communications and Citizen Engagement

Metis Nation of Alberta

780-455-2200 ext. 395

rinzunza@metis.org

 

Uniting Generations: Youth & Senior’s Symposium 2018

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The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is excited to announce the second annual Youth & Senior’s Symposium, taking place on January 19, 20, and 21 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort.

The 2017 symposium was wonderfully successful in connecting Métis youth and senior’s and we can’t wait to bring even more to the table in 2018 with Uniting Generations

Events include:

  • Keynote address from Edmonton’s first Métis City Councillor, Aaron Paquette
  • Cultural workshops & facilitated storytelling sessions
  • Banquet & dance with music by Rockin Fiddle Band
    • Dinner reservations will be taken at registration
  • More break out sessions and activities to be announced

View full agenda here

Register your attendance by emailing events@metis.org. Space is limited.

Travel expenses and accommodations provided by the MNA with provision of MNA Citizenship number.

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December 16: Community Christmas Party

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Join the Métis Nation of Alberta, after the Special Meeting, for a Community Christmas Party with dinner and entertainment.

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 5:30pm Doors Open.
Ticket Price: $10 – Proceeds will be going to Nihgi Métis Seniors Lodge
All funds raised will be matched by the MNA
Location: Courtyard Edmonton West
10011 184th Street NW,
Edmonton, AB, T5S 0C7

Please contact your Regional Office to reserve tickets. Tickets are limited.

Region 1: 780-623-3039 Region 2: 780-826-7483 Region 3: 403-569-8800
Region 4: 780-944-9288 Region 5: 780-849-4654 Region 6: 780-624-4219

Provincial Head Office Closure Notice

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The Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Head Office at 11738 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB will be closed for staff development from Wednesday, November 29 to Friday, December 1. The office will re-open for regular hours Monday, December 4.

Have a wonderful weekend.