New Agreement, New Future
November 16th will now have new meaning for the Métis people of Alberta.
This day has always held significant importance for the Métis as the day that Louis Riel was hanged for defending the rights and culture of Métis people in 1885.
Now, this date will hold some positive association for the Métis people of Alberta as the day a formal agreement was signed between the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation of Alberta. This framework recognizes a nation-to-nation and government-to-government relationship.
This agreement ensures that the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), as the representatives of the Métis people of Alberta, will further their work on Métis rights and it solidifies a relationship of respect and recognition between the Government of Canada and the MNA.
Further, the Government of Canada and the MNA have agreed to be at the same table talking about reconciliation and solutions developed for, and by, the Métis people.
For more information, check out the videos of this historical event on the Métis Nation of Alberta Facebook page here.