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Métis Week Events: Grand Prairie

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Awakening Our Spirit

Métis Week Celebrations in Grande Prairie

Pick-up your Métis passport at any participating partners and receive a stamp at any Métis week event. Drop off your passport at the final event for a chance to win the grand prize draw!

Friday November 10th, 2017

City of Grande Prairie – 10205-98 St

Flag Raising by Métis Local 1990
1:30 pm

Native Counselling Services of Alberta – #118, 9728-101 Avenue in the Aberdeen Centre 

Open House 2:30 to 4:30
(780) 532-9359 Office

Tuesday November 14th, 2017

Grande Prairie Regional College On-Campus Friendship Centre – GPRC Room B205
Open House
3-4:30 pm

Grande Prairie Friendship Centre Community Outreach – 10513-98 Ave
Jam Session & Supper
5-7 pm

Wednesday November 15th, 2017

Elders Caring Shelter – 9702-99 Ave

Open House with Bannock Tacos (donations accepted for Bannock Tacos)
12-2 pm

Thursday November 16th, 2017

Grande Prairie Regional College Flag Raising – 10726 106 Ave, Grande Prairie
12:30 pm TBD

Rupertsland Institute – #101, 10109 – 100th Street
Grand Opening – Open House – lunch available
1:30-3 pm

Métis Kitchen Party Featuring Beverly Lambert 
Teresa Sargent Hall
6:30-8:30 pm

*All passport submissions will be entered for a door prize selected at the Métis Kitchen Party on November 16th.

For more information please contact Delaine Lambert-English @ 780-830-6474 or Michéle McCullough at 780-539-0359.

Government building named after Métis activist Muriel Stanley Venne

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On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Premier Rachel Notley announced the building at 142 Street and 123 Avenue, in Edmonton, Alberta, will be named after Metis Nation of Alberta citizen, Ms. Muriel Stanley Venne.

Muriel Stanley Venne and her family members with Premier Notley at the unveiling ceremony, Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Government of Alberta.

Ms. Stanley Venne is a tireless advocate for Métis rights and recipient of many recognitions and awards including the Order of Canada, the Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Ms. Venne’s career as a human rights advocate began in 1973 when former Premier Peter Lougheed appointed her one of the first commissioners to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. She also founded the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, an organization promoting opportunities for women.

Stanley Venne is a former Vice President of the Mètis Nation of Alberta and represents Métis interests as member of The National Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of Prisons and the Remembering the Children Society. Her passionate and tireless support for Indigenous rights also earned her recognition from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Muriel Stanley Venne Provincial Centre is the first government building the province has named after an Indigenous woman.

At the unveiling ceremony, Notley declared, “[Muriel] is a woman who has fought her whole life to make life better, to make life fair, and to make life more just.”

“I am honoured to be the first Indigenous woman in Alberta to have my name attached to a provincial government building. I hope this is a sign to young women and girls across the country that they can raise their voices and demand to be treated with respect,” Stanley Venne said on Wednesday.

The building, currently being renovated, is set for completion next spring and will serve as a multipurpose government centre.

Read the Government of Alberta’s announcement here.

Youth Art Contest

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We’re looking for submissions for the Métis Week Youth Art Contest. Sketch, paint, or draw your favourite thing about Métis culture for the chance to have your artwork recreated as a lapel pin.

To download the PDF poster, click here.

Contest Information:

  • Age categories: 3-7 years, 8-12 years, and 13-17 years.
  • One winner from each age group.
  • Create original, Métis specific art to be eligible.
  • Names must be legibly printed on the back of artwork, along with the age of the artist,
    and contact information (email & phone).
  • Art work must be at least a letter sized piece of paper 8.5 x 11inches or larger.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, November 20, 2017.
  • Voting will take place at the Métis Nation of Alberta Open House Thursday, November 16, 2017
    (1:00pm – 6:00pm) and Friday, November 17, 2017 (9:00am-12:00pm).

Submission Deadline:
Monday, November 13, 2017
Submissions can be emailed to tkruk@metis.org or dropped off to the Provincial Head Office:
#100 – 11738 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB,T5G 0X5

Métis Week Events: Region 6

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The Métis Nation of Alberta Region 6 Office in Peace River is hosting a series of events beginning Monday November 13th. For further information on any of the below events, please contact the Region 6 Office.

9621-90 Ave
Peace River, AB
T8S 1G8

Phone: 780-624-4219

Monday November 13th 

Métis Flag Flying During Métis Week
Our Métis flag will be flying from November 13th – November 20th to celebrate Métis Week.
Location: Peace River, AB

Tuesday November 14th 

Beyond Sashes & Fiddles
Please join us for the grand opening of Beyond Sashes & Fiddles exhibit.
The exhibit will remain until May 9, 2018.
Location: Peace River Museum Archive & Mackenzie Centre, 10302 99 St, Peace River, AB
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday November 15th 

Métis Artist Showcase
Join us at the Library for a Métis Artist Showcase. Bannock and soup will be provided.
Location: Peace River Library, 9807 97 Ave, Peace River, AB
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Monday November 20th 

Region 6 Open House
Learn about Métis awareness, our membership, and enjoy traditional Métis food.
Location: Region 6 Office, 9621-90 Ave, Peace River, AB
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

 

Métis Week in Alberta

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Mark your Calendar!

We are pleased to share all events happening throughout the province in celebration of Métis Week.

To download the full PDF schedule click here.

The full list of events will also appear in the upcoming issue of our Otipemisiwak Magazine, out November 6th.

Métis Week Events: Region 3

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The Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 Office is hosting a series of events from Monday November 13th to Saturday November 18th. To download the schedule of events click the image below.

Contact

1415 28th Street NE
Calgary, AB
T2A 2P6

Phone: 403-569-8800

Métis Week Events: Region 2

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Métis Week, 2017 celebrations in Region 2 will take place on November 16th with food, dancing, and entertainment. This event promises to be fun for the whole family and are a great opportunity to gather with community.

Open House at Region 2 Office

  • Stew and Bannock served at 12:00pm, along with other platters.
  • Entertainment including fidler and guitarist following lunch.
  • Unveiling of Elders and Members wall. Wall includes photos of some Members and Elders and photos will be added over time.

Contact

5102 – 51 Street
Box 6497
Bonnyville, AB
T9H 2H1

Phone: 780-826-7483

Métis Week in Edmonton 2017

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November 13th – 18th 2017

The Métis Nation of Alberta is pleased to announce the schedule of events for Métis Week 2017! We have planned six days of celebrations to commemorate the outstanding contributions of Métis people to Canada. Beginning with the Louis Riel Commemorative Walk on Monday, November 13th, there is something for everyone, including; City Hall flag raising, Louis Riel Commemorative Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature, MNA open house, Métis Urban Housing 35th Anniversary Gala, senior’s and veterans tea, and much more.

Download the digital Métis Week 2017 calendar

Download the detailed list of events

 

 

Métis Nation of Alberta Responds to ’60’s Scoop Announcement

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For Immediate Release

 

Métis Nation of Alberta responds to ‘60s Scoop Settlement Announcement

by Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett

 

Edmonton, AB October 17, 2017 – Citizens of the Métis Nation of Alberta, The Métis Nation of Alberta is very disappointed in the Federal government’s omission of Métis people from the recently announced compensation program for survivors of the “60’s Scoop.”

Working with the Métis National Council, who have already responded to Minister Bennett, the Federal Minister of Indigenous Relations, MNA is calling for the fair and equitable treatment of Métis Nation citizens who were victimized by this horrendous Government program.

Minister, I truly believed Canada was on the path of doing what is right for Métis people. Don’t let us down.

Throughout everything we do, we will always have one foot firmly rooted in the past, acknowledging the work and the struggles of those who have come before us. Our other foot will always be moving forward, pushing for a better future of Métis pride, Métis rights, and a strong Métis Nation.

In solidarity,

Audrey Poitras
President
Métis Nation of Alberta

 

For more information, contact:

Rolando Inzunza

Director of Communications and Citizen Engagement

Metis Nation of Alberta

780-455-2200 ext. 395

rinzunza@metis.org

Family and Community Gather to Honour Children of Red Deer Industrial School

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Richard Lightning and his daughter Kaia Lamothe pay their respects at Red Deer Cemetery. September 28th, 2017.

On Wednesday September 29th, Indigenous leaders and community members gathered in Red Deer for the unveiling of a memorial stone acknowledging the previously unmarked graves of four Aboriginal students who died at the Red Deer Industrial School. The names of the children buried at the Red Deer Cemetery are: David Lightning, Georgina House, Sarah Soosay, and Jane Baptiste.  They are believed to be from Samson Cree Nation and perhaps from Paul Nation.

The day’s schedule included community stories, a remembering the children prayer led by Shannon McCarthy (Executive Secretary, Alberta and Northwest Conference, The United Church of Canada), and an address from MNA Committee Member and Vice President of the Remembering the Children Society, Muriel Stanley Venne. The day culminated at Red Deer Cemetery where emotional family and community members gathered around the stone to pay their respects.

Creation of the monument was led by the Remembering the Children Society. Its President, Richard Lightning, is the only known relative of any of the children who perished in 1918. He is David Lightning’s nephew.

 

Remembering the Children Society Contact:

Vice President, Muriel Stanley-Venne, 780-479-3634, murielv@shaw.ca

Secretary, Rev. Cecile Fausak. 780-675-7753, cecilefausak@telus.net