Recent Agreements with Canada & Alberta
November 16, 2017
Métis Nation of Alberta-Government of Canada Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation
On November 16, 2017, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, took a historic step with the signing of the Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation. The signing enables Canada and Métis Nation of Alberta to begin formal negotiations towards shared and balanced solutions advancing reconciliation and the enhancement of the well-being of Métis Nation of Alberta citizens while respecting the rights of all Canadians.
The Framework Agreement sets out shared objectives and identifies key negotiating topics such as Métis self-government, lands, rights and consultation protocol.
To download a PDF copy of the Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation, click here.
February 27, 2017
Memorandum from President Audrey Poitras on Recent Agreements with Canada & Alberta
TO: All Members
FROM: Audrey Poitras, MNA President
DATE: February 27, 2017
RE: Recent Agreements with Canada and Alberta
As many of you have likely already heard, the Métis Nation of Alberta (“MNA”) has recently signed two important agreements with both the federal and provincial governments. Both of these agreements are now publicly available and can be found on the MNA’s website at www.albertametis.com. Copies of these agreements can also be obtained by contacting the MNA Head Office or our Regional Offices throughout the province.
These two agreements consolidate many of the positive developments we have been making politically here in Alberta as well as at the federal level in over the last year or so. These agreements also begin to strategically put the pieces into place to meaningfully implement our historic victory in the Harry Daniels case from April 2016 (the “Daniels Case”) as well as the recommendations of Mr. Tom Isaac, Canada’s Ministerial Special Representative on Métis Section 35 Rights, whose report was released in July 2016 (the “Isaac Report”).
In the upcoming months, the MNA will be initiating province-wide community consultations to update members on these agreements as well as to talk about our priorities for future negotiations with both Canada and Alberta. In the meantime, I wanted to provide this update to highlight some important aspects of these agreements as well as outline how they fit together and complement each other. As I stated at the signing of these two agreements, the “stars are aligning for Alberta Métis” to make some significant advances on our rights-based agenda in the near future.
From the positive relationships we have built with Premier Notley and her government, including the commitment in our new Framework Agreement to finally begin work with us on a nation-to-nation basis, to Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to finally put into place the nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship the Métis Nation has sought with Canada for generations, I believe we have the wind at our backs and we must seize upon the once-in-a-generation opportunities that are before us.
To download a PDF copy of the above memorandum and further information on the MNA’s recent agreements with the Provincial and Federal Governments, click here.
February 1, 2017
Métis Nation of Alberta-Government of Alberta Framework Agreement
On February 1, 2017, Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras signed a groundbreaking ten-year Framework Agreement with the Government of Alberta. This agreement is not only the longest in MNA history, but is also the most comprehensive. Deriving many of its mandates from the Supreme Court of Canada’s Daniels Decision, section 35 of the Constitution, and United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the collaborative agreement sets a promising precedent for the development of Métis rights, including harvesting. Premier Rachel Notley stated “This agreement is an important step in the journey of reconciliation. Métis people have a long and proud history in Alberta, and we look forward to continuing to build our strong relationship.”
As an important step towards reconciliation, the Framework Agreement stipulates MNA’s right to participate and collaborate with the Government of Alberta on decisions that will affect the well-being of its members. Some of those priority actions are:
- Renewing and strengthening the Nation to Nation relationship
- Facilitating the recognition and respect of Métis Rights in Alberta that upholds the Honour of the Crown and advances reconciliation
- Develop a “whole of government” approach to Métis issues
- Increase economic opportunities for Alberta Métis
in areas like environment, climate change, harvesting, health and wellness, housing, education, culture and heritage, employment, and women’s issues.
President Poitras is particularly pleased to sign a framework that not only establishes a promising working relationship with the Government of Alberta for ten years, but symbolizes decades of hard work by all leaders, past and present.
To download a PDF copy of the Métis Nation of Alberta-Government of Alberta Framework Agreement, click here.
January 30, 2017
Métis Nation of Alberta-Government of Canada Memorandum of Understanding
The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Reconciliation with the Government of Canada (MOU). The MOU was signed on January 30, 2017 on Parliament Hill by MNA President Audrey Poitras, Bev New, MNA Co-Minister for Métis Rights and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Members of the MNA Provincial Council were also in attendance at the signing.
The MOU establishes a time-limited exploratory discussions table between the MNA and Canada with the goal of arriving at a mutually-agreeable framework agreement by September 2017. The anticipated framework agreement would establish a formal negotiations process based on mutually agreeable subject matters, including Métis self-government, lands, rights and outstanding claims against the Crown.
The MOU comes on the heels of recent positive political and legal developments for Alberta Métis, including the Prime Minister’s November 2015 mandate letter to Minister Bennett providing direction for her to advance a nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship with the Métis Nation as well as the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Daniels v. Canada that was released in April 2016.
“This MOU has been a long-time coming for Alberta Métis. For many years at the federal level, we have been on the outside looking in. This MOU opens the door for us to finally put in place the government-to-government relationship with Canada our people have sought for generations as well as begin to address the pressing issues of our citizens and communities in Alberta, including dealing with Métis rights, lands and self-government,” said President Poitras.
Below is a copy of the MOU, along with background materials.