Self-Government


From left to right: Dan Cardinal, MNA Vice-President, Aaron Barner, MNA Senior Executive Officer, Audrey Poitras, MNA President, and The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister for Crown-Indigenous Affairs sign the first ever self-government agreement between the Government of Canada and a Métis government.

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.


2019 Agreements

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.

Métis Nation of Alberta and Canada sign historic agreement in Ottawa (Press Release)

Self-Government Agreement (Unsigned)

Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement FAQ

Click here to watch the full video of the signing ceremony.

Read this OpEd from President Poitras, published by Postmedia on July 5, 2019.


2018 Agreements

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.