Over 55,000 Métis Citizens will vote on the Constitution this Fall
Over the weekend, the Métis Nation of Alberta held its 94th Annual General Assembly in Calgary, where delegates voted overwhelmingly in favour of moving forward with a province-wide ratification vote on a draft Constitution for the Métis Nation within Alberta.
The draft Constitution was tabled with the Assembly by the MNA Constitution Commission after two and a half years of extensive community engagement that included focus groups, community gatherings, hearings, written feedback and a previously circulated draft. Additional information about the MNA Constitution Commission and the engagement process is available at www.albertametisgov.com.
"For generations, we have heard from our Elders, Citizens and communities that we need to get out from under provincial legislation and govern ourselves based on our inherent right to self-government and Métis traditions and laws," said MNA President Audrey Poitras. "With this draft Constitution, we can now implement what Louis Riel and our ancestors fought for: our inherent right to govern ourselves. I look forward to all our Citizens exercising their democratic right to decide on whether we will finally adopt our own Constitution."
The resolution directs the MNA to place the final draft of the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution "in the hands of all MNA citizens" and that a province-wide ratification vote that includes ballot box, mail-in and online voting be held in the fall of 2022. A copy of the full resolution is available on the MNA's website.
Over the next few months, the MNA Constitution Commission will host further information sessions to present the draft Constitution that will be the subject of the province-wide ratification vote. In addition, the MNA will undertake a province-wide information campaign to ensure that all of its over 55,000 citizens are aware of the ratification vote and have the opportunity to vote via ballot box or online voting.
All Citizens are encouraged to update their contact information with the MNA Registry by calling 1-800-267-5844 or visiting this link. This will enable Citizens to update their MNA Registry file and indicate their preference on how they would like to vote.