Alberta agrees to meet annually with Fort McKay Métis Nation over land-use rights, community needs

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The Alberta government has signed an agreement promising to consult Fort McKay Métis Nation (FMMN) on land-use rights and issues facing the community.

A major victory from the agreement is that FMMN members can now have harvesting cards to practice rights such as hunting, foraging and trapping. The Sept. 14 agreement also includes pledges to discuss educational opportunities, economic development, infrastructure and quality of life issues facing the community.

“We’re not looking for a handout, we are looking for a hand-up,” said FMMN President Ron Quintal. “We wanted an agreement that spoke directly to initiatives we want to work with the government on, where we believe we can find success and they reciprocate.”

FMMNA leaders will meet annually with Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson. Discussions began in February 2020 after the Alberta government recognized FMMNA’s consultation rights.

“Fort McKay Métis Nation Association has been an innovator in business and community development,” Wilson said in a statement. “This is the kind of agreement that shows the spirit of partnership and prosperity I would like to see between Alberta’s government and more Indigenous communities.”

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