Current Affairs

89th MNA Annual General Assembly Special Resolutions

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The MNA is taking special measures to ensure members are informed of all special resolutions to be presented at the 89th Annual General Assembly.

MNA received 12 special resolutions for presentation.

Click here to download the full package.

AGA Trade-show Vendor Registration

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Calling all small and large business’, non-profits, and educational institutions!

Registration for the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) 89th Annual General Assembly Trade-show is open.

This is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization to over 500 people at MNA’s biggest annual event.

Costs of booth rentals (for 3 days) are as follows:

• Non-Profit Organizations & Educational Institutions – $100.00
• Corporate, Business & Government – $250.00

Deadline for registration is Tuesday August 8th.

Click here to download PDF registration form.

For further inquiries please contact: Marilyn Lizee on 780 732 3381 or


Back to Batoche Days

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Join in one of the most celebrated Métis Festivals in North America – Back to Batoche Days. This celebration has been enjoyed for nearly 50 years by Métis across North America. This year, events will also include Alberta Day celebrations on Friday, July 21, featuring a number of performers from all over Alberta.

Enjoy the wonderful culture and music of the Métis at this family-orientated event that is open to everyone.

Correction: The most recently released issue of Oti Express listed an incorrect address for Back to Batoche Days. Events DO NOT take place in Prince Albert. If you plan on joining in the festivities, please see the correct location, coordinates, and map link below.

 Adjacent to Batoche National Historical Site, located on Highway 225, Batoche, SK, S0K 3R0 

GPS Coordinates: 52°45’14.70”N, 106° 6’37.19”W

Click here for a map.

Weekend Passes

Seniors & Students: $40

Adult (over 18): $50

Children (12 & under): Free

Daily Passes

Seniors/Students Friday & Saturday: $15/day

Seniors/Students Thursday & Sunday: $10/day

Adults Friday & Saturday: $20/day

Adults Thursday & Sunday: $15/day


30 amps: $35/day

35 amps: $45/day

For more information please contact 2017 Back to Batoche Chairperson- Darlene McKay  at (306) 763 – 5356 or visit

Elk Island Hosts Parks Day Festivities

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Elk Island National Park will be hosting Parks Day events this Saturday, July 15th, and Métis Nation of Alberta members are welcome to join in the festivities! 

Exploring by canoe, camping under star-filled skies and outdoor living are all traditions that have been part of Canada’s 150 year legacy. Come embrace these timeless traditions by learning how to navigate a canoe or gain outdoor adventure skills at a “Learn to Camp” workshop.

Top it all off by bringing a picnic to share with your family and friends as live music by local artists fills the air with festive spirit.

Entrance into the park is free!

For more information on Elk Island Park, please check out their event’s page:

MNA Community Health Nights

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Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) will be hosting their second Community Health Night on July 25, 2017. This information session will be led by guest speaker Dr. Don Voaklander, Professor and Director of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta School of Public Health.
Dr. Voaklander will speak to the recently released MNA health reports on Cancer, Injuries, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among Métis in Alberta. Snacks and beverages are provided.

Reserve a spot by contacting Christine by Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at, or 780-455-2200 ext.249.

Click here to download the PDF poster.

14th Annual Andy Collins Golf Tournament

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You are cordially invited to participate in the 14th Annual Andy Collins Golf Tournament.

Mark the date as it is set for Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Grand Centre Golf and Country Club in Cold Lake, Alberta. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Breakfast is available at the clubhouse from 8:30 a.m. for a very reasonable price!

The registration is $500.00 for a team of 4 which includes carts and your steak dinners. Cheques can be payable to Zone II Regional Council. If you are unable to attend and do want to contribute toward the bursaries, please do call our office 780-826-7483 or email

Yes … the Hole-In-One of $25,000.00 was won during the 13th annual tournament! Congratulations Jordan!! However, the sponsorship for Hole #5 challenge is back on for this year! The hole-in-one prize payout is $25,000.00!

As we have done in the past, the funds raised are disbursed to students from the Zone II area to assist with their education and living expenses. Over the years we have assisted 3-4 students per year! Thank you for your continued support toward the Andy Collins Golf Tournament and our bursary program.

Come and join us for a fun filled day of laughter, good company and great food!

Warm regards,
Karen Collins,                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Energy Efficiency Alberta Announces Launch of Residential and Commercial Solar Program

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Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new program to help homeowners, businesses, and non-profits overcome the high costs of solar energy by offering rebates for solar PV system installation.

This program will cut solar installation costs by up to 30% for residences (or the lesser of $10,000), and up to 25% for businesses and non-profits (or the lesser of $500,000).  Meanwhile, this program will create roughly 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about half a million tonnes.

The program offers a $0.75/watt rebate for residential, commercial, and non-profit solar PV systems of up to 15 Kw for residences, and up to 5 MW for commercial and non-profits.

Click here to view more details about the program, including eligibility requirements, and how to get started.  The website also includes an online informational video.

For questions related to this program, please contact a Program Manager at, or, Energy Efficiency Alberta at 1-844-357-5604.

For questions or concerns related to climate change or energy efficiency programs, please contact Andres Filella, Climate Change Consultant at the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), at or at 780-455-2200 ext. 220

Loved Métis musician, Richard Laboucan, passes away

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It is with deep sadness that Region VI Metis Nation has learned of the passing of Richard Laboucan. 

Richard was a long time friend who was an excellent entertainer musician.  He was awesome on the fiddle and many of our youth and members have jigged over the years to his tunes.  He was also a very good guitar player.  Whenever we had an event, Richard would come and play for us.  He wasn`t all about the money, he would say whatever you pay me is fine with me. 

He was a quiet guy who never said much, had a little smile that would light up once in a while, mostly when he would watch his granddaughter Mya jig.  When we get together at Region VI Metis Nation, be it at our Annual Assembly, Elders tea, Metis Week celebrations, fiddling competitions, birthday parties, etc., we will think of Richard and miss him.


Herb Belcourt, Honoured Métis Philanthropist, Passes Away

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Thursday July 6, 2017

Métis Nation of Alberta was saddened to hear the news of Herb Belcourt’s passing on July 5th, 2017.

Belcourt dedicated his life to helping others and has had a profound impact on the Métis community across the nation. After building a successful construction company, he directed his efforts to a Housing Corporation, served as chair of Rupertsland Institute, and founded the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards, which broke barriers to education in the Métis community while instilling pride in the Métis culture.

For this and other initiatives that helped the lives of countless Métis people, Belcourt has been the recipient of numerous honours, including the Order of Canada (2010), a University of Alberta Honorary Doctorate Degree (2001), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003), and a park named after him in Sherwood Park (2017). This year also saw him inducted into the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and the Salute to Excellence 2017 Community Service Hall of Fame.

With all his accomplishments and honours, when asked of his greatest achievement, Belcourt always responded firmly and proudly with “my family.” Herb Belcourt and his wife Lesley have been married for more than 44 years.

MNA offers heartfelt condolences to the Belcourt family on this tremendous loss.

Funeral and Celebration of Life to be held at 10 am Saturday July 22, 2017.

Festival Place

100 Festival Way

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 5T2


Annual MNA Region 3 Stampede Breakfast

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July 14, 2017
7:00 am – 11:00 am

MNA Region 3 Office
1415 28th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta

Join Region 3 and enjoy food, family, friends, and music at their Annual Stampede Breakfast. For more information, Contact Marlene Lanz at (403) 815-6720 or 1-800-267-5844. 

Click here to download the PDF poster.