The City of Grande Prairie will enter negotiations with Métis Local 1990 about transferring the land on which its elder caring centre sits. 

The building is owned by the Métis local, but the city owns the land. 

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Métis Local 1990 president Shannon Dunfield.

She said transferring the land to the Métis Local 1990 will help with future planning for the Elder Caring Shelter.

“It’s (elder shelter) been in the community for 20 years, and it’s a service that’s needed, and we want to keep going with it, and I think this transfer will be able to help us do that.”

Coun. Gladys Blackmore said she has long been a supporter of the Métis Local 1990 owning the land the building is on. 

“I wanted to transfer this land to Métis Local 1990 in 2003 when the building was being built. 

“I feel, as I’ve said many times at this table, that when we retain ownership of the land and a non-profit organization builds a building on it, we are hamstringing their future. “

I think that this is time to give them full authority over their building and to be able to use it to finance future endeavours.”  

The shelter has been active since June 2003, with then-president Angie Crerar pushing the project forward.

Dunfield said she was excited to share the news with Crerar.

“I’m excited to be able to share with her that this is coming, and in the end, this is only going to benefit our community and support the elder shelter as we continue operations.”

The centre currently houses 17 elders and there is a waiting list for the service, said Dunfield. 

Dunfield presented the land transfer request to the Public and Protective Services Committee Meeting on June 20.

At the June 20 meeting, she said the elder shelter is looking to the future and a second phase that could include a new building.

The Métis Local 1990 has been looking to have the transferred for a long time, according to a report from CBC in 2018.

In December, the Métis Nation of Alberta adopted the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution, which will lead to self-governance. 

The Métis Local 1990 will change to District 13 under the new Otipemisiwak Métis government.

Coun. Dylan Bressey said he believes the land transfer should be completed before the transition happens in the new year.

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 21, 2023 at 09:30

This item reprinted with permission from   Town & Country News   Beaverlodge, Alberta

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