Métis Nation of Alberta Moves Forward on Harvesting Action Plan



    EDMONTON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Today, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA)
reported on its progress in implementing the Métis Harvesting Action Plan that
was unanimously adopted at the MNA Annual General Assembly held in August
2007.
    "The MNA's leadership continues to move forward on our Action Plan that
focuses on four areas: exercising Métis rights, defending Métis rights,
political action on Métis rights and public education on Métis rights," said
MNA President, Audrey Poitras.
    Since August, the MNA has developed information sheets, checklists and a
frequently asked questions document to assist Métis harvesters who are
planning to harvest under Métis laws this fall. These documents are available
through the MNA Head Office, MNA Regional Offices and on the MNA's website at
www.albertametis.com. The MNA has also sent meeting request letters and
information packages on Métis harvesting to all Alberta MLAs. As well, the MNA
leadership has recently met with the Edmonton Journal Editorial Board and is
planning a meeting with the Calgary Herald Editorial Board.
    The MNA Minister for Métis Rights, Cecil Bellrose, has also appointed
Captains and Deputies of the Hunt from communities throughout the province
including Glendon, Magrath, Leduc, Trout Lake, Fairview, Fort McMurray,
Lethbridge, Drayton Valley, Lac La Biche, Robb, Brule, Valleyview and Cold
Lake. Both Captains and Deputies will assist the MNA in implementing the
Action Plan and getting information out to Métis harvesters this fall.
    "Similar to the role Captains of the Hunt have historically played within
the Métis Nation, these Métis harvesters will play the important role of
communicating with our harvesters and working to ensure a safe and successful
Métis harvest. The Captains will also be working with Métis harvesters and the
MNA to organize traditional Métis hunts that will be held in locations across
the province, this fall," said Bellrose.
    Poitras concluded, "I have recently written to the Alberta Government
outlining how good faith negotiations can resume on Métis harvesting. I am
optimistic that negotiation and partnership on Métis harvesting will prevail
over confrontation and litigation. Until then, the MNA will continue to stand
united on Métis rights by implementing our Action Plan and defending Métis
harvesters against Ted Morton's unilateral and regressive Métis harvesting
policy."





For further information:

For further information: For background documents or more information
visit www.albertametis.org, Monique Devlin, MNA Communications, Ph: (780)
455-2200

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