More than 15,000 Métis citizens voted in historic month-long vote
Citizens of the Métis Nation of Alberta have overwhelmingly adopted a new Constitution.
In a province-wide ratification vote held throughout the month of November, which included mail-in, online and in-person voting, a total of 15,729 MNA citizens cast their ballots with 15,241 voting "Yes" to adopting the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution.
"The results from the MNA vote represent the largest ratification vote ever undertaken by an Indigenous nation in Canadian history. That is an incredible achievement," said Del Graff, Chief Electoral Officer.
With an overwhelming majority of the vote, the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution has been ratified.
The ballot was a simple "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Are you in favour of ratifying the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution?"
During of the ratification vote process, the MNA hosted over a dozen information sessions across Alberta in various forms, in addition to the years of consultation that were undertaken by the Constitution Commission since 2019. The MNA mailed to every MNA citizen on the Voters List, a voter information card, a copy of the Notice of Vote, a mail-in ballot package, and instructions for how to review the Constitution online.
The MNA's constitution will open doors with both Canada and Alberta, including:
- a new fiscal relationship with Canada to finally provide Métis-designed supports to our citizens in health, housing, language, education, training, economic development, and justice; and,
- improve the services MNA provides to Métis in Alberta including mental health, supporting those with disabilities, delivering culturally appropriate child and family services, and caring for our elders when they can no longer take care of themselves.
50,000 Métis Nation of Alberta members were eligible to vote.
Audrey Poitras, President, Métis Nation of Alberta:
“Our people have a long and proud history of declaring and asserting our inherent right to self-government. From our resistances in what is now Western Canada in 1869/70 and 1885 through to our success in ensuring the Métis people were expressly included in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, we have always fought to have our unique self-government recognized in this country.”
“Today, the Métis Nation within Alberta has unequivocally confirmed our inherent right to self-government—yet again. Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont and the many Métis women and men who tirelessly built the MNA over the last 94 years would be very proud of these ratification results.”
“With our Constitution, we are one step closer to fully implementing our nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship with Canada as well as Alberta. I want to thank all the MNA citizens who took the time out of their busy schedules to vote over the last month as well as our Chief Electoral Officer, Del Graff. This is a historic milestone for Alberta Métis. It provides us a solid foundation to guide our self-government for generations to come.”