"It's a Breach of the Honour of the Crown"
EDMONTON, Feb. 13, 2020
The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is shocked and appalled to learn that the Government of Alberta has decided to conduct Crown consultations with the Fort McKay Métis Community Association (FMMCA) as the purported representative of a rights-bearing Métis community. The FMMCA is not a Métis government, and it does not represent a rights-bearing Métis community.
The FMMCA only exists to serve a small number of self-interested individuals. The MNA, as the recognized Indigenous government of the Métis Nation within Alberta, is reviewing every available option to challenge Alberta's decision.
"We will not allow the Alberta Government to unilaterally divide the Métis Nation for its own agenda. The MNA is the government for the Métis Nation within Alberta. We will not let governments divide and conquer our Nation. What is happening in British Columbia right now demonstrates that governments must engage with the legitimate governments of Indigenous peoples, not others," said MNA President Audrey Poitras.
Alberta refers to its approach to decisions regarding Métis consultation as the "credible assertion" process. The process is deeply flawed. Any group claiming to represent Métis people in the province for the purpose of consultation can apply, even undemocratic and unaccountable organizations like the FMMCA.
Alberta's process has been in place for over a decade and, to date, Alberta had never determined that any Métis group was owed a duty to consult. This amounted to an unjustifiable failure on the province's part to discharge its constitutional duties to the Métis Nation within Alberta.
Even the province acknowledged that the credible assertion process is flawed. Alberta agreed to negotiate with the MNA to develop a Métis consultation policy to replace it. These negotiations went on for years and were productive. Last September, however, Alberta walked away from the table. The promise of a meaningful Métis consultation policy was broken.
Read the full news release from the Metis Nation of Alberta here