Seven Métis Communities Planning on Leaving Métis Nation of Alberta

Seven Mtis communities across northern Alberta are planning on leaving the Mtis Nation of Alberta.

A meeting is being held in Fort McMurray later this month where they plan on reaffirming their relationship with the Mtis Nation Council.

The MNA had recently voted to leave the MNC after they suspended the Mtis Nation of Ontario for membership violations.

Fort McKay Mtis President Ron Quintal tells Mix News he believes many of these groups are feeling frustrated with the MNA overseeing their community.

“You got impacted communities who are dealing with oilsands development and energy development and they have no real say over how their community operates.”

Fort McKay declared self-governance in May 2019 so they could make the decisions regarding their community.

This decision was unanimously voted for by more than 30 of their members

Quintal says many of these groups have reached out to them since they left the MNA.

“They’re looking at the fact that we govern ourselves and we manage the issues that our community members face whether it be impacts from oilsands or social impacts associated with housing, addictions, and employment.”

The meeting will be held on February 26 at Shell Place.

Quintal believes this could be the first of many across the country.

“We have people reaching out from across Alberta and there are organizations within Canada that are reaching out to kind of find out where we’re going.”

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