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Métis Nation of Alberta condemns Premier Kenney’s financial support of illegitimate organizations

Métis Nation of Alberta condemns Premier Kenney’s financial support of illegitimate organizations

Edmonton, AB (November 15, 2021) – The Métis Nation of Alberta, the only democratically
elected government of the Métis Nation within Alberta, rejects Premier Jason Kenney’s public
show of support and financial commitment for outside organizations claiming to represent
Métis interests.
“Today, Premier Kenney is standing with a handful of unaccountable, undemocratic and
illegitimate organizations to challenge federal legislation that is designed to ensure we are
consulted on projects that protect our Métis rights and way of life,” said MNA President Audrey
Poitras. “As the democratically elected representatives of Métis citizens in Alberta, we want to
make it clear that if these issues are brought before the courts, the MNA will be there to
underscore how these individuals and organizations do not represent Alberta Métis. The courts
will scrutinize the credibility of these claims. It is unfortunate that the Premier of this province
has not.”
“This is a bad decision by the Premier and represents a clear misuse of public money,” added
President Poitras. “These organizations are not elected or accountable to anyone and are
made up of non-Métis individuals. These organizations do not speak for the Métis Nation, the
Métis people or Métis communities in Alberta.”
Since 1928, the MNA has represented the rights and interests of Alberta Métis through
democratic self-government structures at the local, regional and provincial levels. Today, the
MNA has over 51,000 registered citizens. In 2019, the MNA signed a historic agreement with
Canada confirming the MNA as the only recognized, accountable and democratically elected
government of Métis citizens in Alberta.

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