Hello and welcome to what used to be the official site of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan – you’re in the right place, but what used to be here no longer exists or has moved to a different site. Need to know a bit more about the Métis Nation in Canada? We have some useful alternatives you might want to look at on this page before you go.
Since 1902, the Saskatoon-based StarPhoenix has been providing the best and latest news about all the happenings and events in Saskatchewan on a daily basis. They also offer coverage on the events related to the MN-S and other news relevant to Métis Nation in general. The StarPhoenix is also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The official website of the Canadian Métis Council Intertribal serves relevant and key information about the Métis Nation of Canada, with relevant information on how to qualify as a Métis, and how to apply for membership with the council. The CMC can also be found on Facebook.
The Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. Is a Saskatoon-based non-profit and community-driven portal dedicated to tackling urban aboriginal challenges and issues. CUMFI was founded in 1993 with the purpose of serving as the voice of the Métis people within Saskatchewan.
Established in 1983, the Métis National Council is dedicated to being the voice of the Canadian Métis people, both nationally and internationally. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The Métis Council of British Columbia is an autonomous organization, different in structure than other similar groups, such as the CUMFI and the MN-S, but with a similar goal: to advocate for the rights of the Métis people everywhere. The MNBC is responsible for providing significant benefits and representation to the Métis people of British Columbia, with various institutions of governance such as the Senate, Youth Representation, Women’s Representation, an objectively verifiable citizenship process, and much more. You can also find the MNBC on Facebook and Twitter.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix’s Betty Ann Adam writes about the dire financial situation that Métis Nation-Saskatchewan is facing.
First Nations are striving to earn Canadian officials’ attention after determining the shocking number of aboriginal populations that live in poverty due to underfunding in their communities.
After a period of turmoil and internal strife, Métis Nation Saskatchewan gathered to discuss the future of the MN-S.
Internal conflict within Métis Nation Saskatchewan escalates as the disagreements between the two groups become critical, potentially compromising the future of MN-S entirely.
Disagreements between the two opposing factions of the Métis Nation Saskatchewan are once again brought to light, as the groups continue to squabble over a variety of issues.
With government funding cut and growing internal strife, the future of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan seems darker than ever.
The Canadian Government has always been attentive when it comes to its aboriginal roots. After all, Canada’s population – like most North American countries – is a result of a mix between Aboriginal, British, and French ancestry. The Métis, Inuit, and First Nations were a few of the aboriginal tribes native to the continent, and over the years, they have needed to find ways to balance economic and technological progress with heritage and tradition. One effective to achieve this is to create organizations and groups with cultural and political leaders, who may advocate for the interests of their people in governmental assemblies and councils.
In the case of the Métis people in Canada, the organization responsible for representing the interests of their people is the Métis National Council, which is in turn comprised of five local branches: Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and the Manitoba Métis Federation. There are several other Métis groups that have similar goals, though they are not affiliated with the National Council, and thus receive lesser support from the national government. The Métis people, now properly represented by a Council, could now raise their voices and start to tackle their own issues with the help of the government. Said governmental support would include funding to cover each Métis Nation branch’s operating expenses, among other things.
Of course, it is expected that these subsidies don’t come without a price. In order to continue receiving government funding, the Métis Nation must meet certain requirements, or else risk getting funds pulled. One such condition is that the Federal Government requires that each branch hold two legislative assemblies each year. This condition was successfully fulfilled by all branches, except one.
As a consequence of a long history of political infighting between the organization’s President and Vice-president, the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan has, since 2010, failed to organize their government-mandated assemblies and as a result, had their funding pulled in late 2014, effectively putting a stop to their operations and leaving the Métis people of Saskatchewan without support. The citizens who depend on the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan to receive aid, scholarships, or other types of help were left in the lurch, with no one to represent them. It was definitely a sad day for everyone involved.
Fortunately, the closure of this branch may not be permanent; a mandate by the Court of Queen’s Bench that forces the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan to hold an assembly might just be the push they need to get on track. However, political infighting has escalated considerably ever since their funding got pulled. As of April 2016, the two warring factions haven’t been able to agree on the location, time and participating members of the government-mandated assembly, and as long as there is no quorum on these matters, the much-needed congress will not be able to get underway.
It’s sad, considering that the only thing standing between the branch in question and a governmental grant that would allow the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan to continue its operations is a thick layer of political squabbling where both parties are sacrificing everything just to get their way. As of this writing, the MN-S is more than $725,000 in debt. Fortunately, a date has already been set for the next assembly and much needed election, which could effectively put the organization back on track and in operating order. July 30 and 31 are the dates of the assemblies, while the election is set for September 3.
Hopefully this series of meetings and leadership changes will be the push the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan needs to get back in the good fight. I guess time will only tell.
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