The Métis Nation of Alberta has signed an agreement with the provincial government to implement new Métis harvesting rights in Northern & Central Alberta.
The agreement will replace the 2010 policy allowing Métis harvesters to hunt, trap and fish for food in five regional areas across central and northern Alberta.
With the new agreement, harvesters that have a valid self-identification sticker on their Métis Nation citizenship card will be allowed to harvest in the regional area they share an ancestral connection with. The nation will issue stickers starting next September.
The Métis Nation of Alberta called the agreement a “great step in advancing reconciliation"
The agreement does not include Metis living in Southern Alberta, MNA president Audrey Poitras say they continue to fight for those members.
Breaking news: The Métis Nation of Alberta is very excited to announce the new Métis Harvesting Agreement and Policy! We want every Métis, regardless of where they live in Alberta, to have the ability to harvest. Follow the link for more details: https://t.co/Kmgd43kCfW pic.twitter.com/bHox6VGeEk— Métis Nation Alberta (@AlbertaMetis) March 18, 2019