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Fort McKay Preparing But Still Fighting To Host Provincial Métis AGM

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Fort McKay Preparing But Still Fighting To Host Provincial Métis AGM

Métis flag being raised along Franklin Avenue // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

Fort McKay is getting set to host the 90th Annual General Meeting of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

Last September, the regional council, which is made up of Métis representatives from across the region, approved the hamlet as the location for the upcoming AGM. Each year, the meeting is held in a community in one of the six provincial region’s.

Back in 2012, it was held in Athabasca.

McKay Métis President Ron Quintal tells Mix News he expects a lot to be covered during the meeting.

“Everything from the Métis registry, to the negotiating tables with the provincial and federal government on the Métis rights, so there’s going to be a lot of interesting discussion going forward.”

The AGM will also coincide with the community’s Métis Day celebrations.

Originally, the event was going to be held over two days in August featuring different events, workshops, and competitions, but will now be pushed over five days to include the assembly.

‘It’s going to be a great opportunity for the Métis people of this region to put our culture on display for those around the region who come to get a better understanding of the Métis culture.”

If the meeting were to be held today, it would be held in Fort McKay, however, it’s still not set in stone for the summer.

According to Quintal, the provincial council wants Lac La Biche to host the meeting as they believe Fort McKay and Wood Buffalo, in general, don’t have the proper services in place to host the assembly.

Some of the concerns are inadequate facilities, wheelchair accessibility, emergency medical services, hotel and camp services.

Quintal says these issues have already been addressed.

“We hold festivals where thousands of people attend – I know we have the abilities, I know we have the services, and I know we have the people to be able to deliver a great assembly.”

The AGM will be held in August.

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