Métis Judiciary Council
The Métis Judiciary Council (MJC) was established in 1996 and after a brief review period, reconvened in 2019 to represent an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for citizens within the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA). Our mandate is outlined in the MNA Bylaws under Article 29 (MJC Member Information and Criteria), Article 30 (Powers of the MJC), Article 31 (Rights of Parties Before the MJC) and Articles 32, 55, and 74 (MJC Procedure on conflict of interest of Provincial Council, Regional Council and Local Council members).
We are comprised of six MNA Lifetime members, one from each of the six MNA Regions, who are appointed by the Regional Council to serve a four-year term.
As outlined in the Métis Nation of Alberta Bylaws, the MJC holds the authority to:
- Review and decide all matters of membership where there is a dispute;
- Review and decide all matters respecting the MNA Election Bylaws where there is a dispute;
- Review and decide all matters concerning the suspension of rights of any Métis member and the reinstatement thereof;
- Review and decide all matters concerning conflict of interest;
- Recommend changes of boundaries for Regions and Local Communities to the Annual General Assembly;
- Decide whether a member of the Provincial, Regional, or Local Council shall remain in office in the event of a conviction of an indictable offence under the Criminal Code of Canada;
- Provide to the Provincial, Regional, and Local Councils or a Métis member in good standing a written opinion on any question put to the Judiciary Council;
- Undertake reviews as directed by the Provincial, Regional, or Local Council; and
- Initially establish rules and procedures to the Métis Judiciary Council which will be valid until the date of the next Annual General Assembly. It will then be the responsibility of the Annual Assembly to establish rules and procedures for the Council.
To learn more about the MJC’s jurisdiction and functions, download the Bylaws of the Métis Nation of Alberta and/or the Election Bylaws of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Additionally, you may also wish to download the MJC Policies and Procedure Manual to further understand the guidelines and processes the MJC uses when handling complaints.
If you need to lodge a grievance please download the Complaint and Information Package 2019 – 2023.
Or, contact the Métis Judiciary Council:
12304 – 111 Avenue NW,
Tel: (780) 413-8436
Fax: (780) 577-9800
Region 3 and Chairperson