Métis Nation of Alberta and the Alberta Government are signing a new 10-year framework agreement.
Aimed at making a collaborative relationship and promote the social and economic well-being of Métis members across the province.
Before signing the agreement, the MNA wanted to make sure the environment, climate change, education, health and wellness, women’s issues, the economy and employment as well as culture and heritage would be areas included.
“It’s not going to change the pace of the province but it will, among other things, improve access that Alberta Métis have to provincial services including health education and social supports,” said Bill Loutitt, Vice President of Metis Local 1935.
The agreement is being split into four areas. The first being to further clarify and strengthen the relationship. Second, support and respect Métis rights. Third, address the needs of the Métis people. And fourth, increase economic opportunities.
A big part of the agreement is looking at starting the process of reconciliation.
“The agreement is an important step in our journey of reconciliation, one that moves us forward with respect for our heritage and an unwavering belief that, together, we can make life better for Alberta’s Métis people,” said Premier Rachel Notley in a statement sent to the Mix Newsroom.
This view is shared by Loutitt who believes this is going in the right direction though more work still needs to be done.
“There are a lot of negotiations that have to happen but that’s a first step, at least being on the same page.”