We, the Métis Nation, are Otipemisiwak—the people who own ourselves. We have an inherent right to self-determination and self-government. For too long, Canada’s colonial policies denied this right. We were pushed to the margins in our own homeland. Now, by governing ourselves, we can determine our own future and build a strong Métis Nation based on Métis rights.
To learn more about our historic fight for self-government, current negotiations with Canada, and the work of the MNA Constitution Commission visit our Self-Government Website.
Watch “MNA Road to the Constitution”
MNA Constitution Commission
Following the signing of the historic Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement (MGRSA) in June 2019 with the Government of Canada, we started taking steps toward formal federal recognition of Métis Nation self-government in Alberta. These steps include the creation of a constitution. A Constitution Commission was established to prepare a draft Constitution based on the MGRSA and feedback from Métis citizen consultations in 2018.
The Commission is holding a series of roundtables throughout February with MNA Provincial Council, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, Youth, and community members from each of the six MNA regions. After this initial input, the Commission will hold hearings open to all MNA citizens in communities across Alberta, with proper notice being given to ensure a broad consultation.
Check out this graphic to lean all about the Constitution Commission’s work with MNA citizens and what comes next!
On June 27, 2019, after over 90 years of perseverance and struggle, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) signed the first ever self-government agreement between the Government of Canada and a Métis government.
Click the links below to find the media release, unsigned agreement, FAQ, and to watch the signing ceremony video.
Self-Government Agreement (Unsigned)
Click here to watch the full video of the signing ceremony.
Read this OpEd from President Poitras, published by Postmedia on July 5, 2019.
After signing landmark agreements with Canada and the Province of Alberta, the MNA launched a multi-phased approach to engagement on self-government with citizens at the 2018 Youth and Seniors Symposium in Edmonton. The next phases occurred throughout February and March 2018, when the MNA held engagement events across the province. Findings from these sessions were reported at the 90th Annual General Assembly in August 2018.
You can find more information on the MNA’s citizen engagement approach in the Self-Government Citizen Engagement: Report to the Annual General Assembly (August 2018).
To learn more about our historic fight for self-government and the current negotiations with Canada, visit our Self-Government Website.