FORT MCKAY, AB, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ - In March 2018, the Fort McKay Métis made national headlines by announcing that they had taken the unprecedented step of buying the land on which they live. This was a huge step towards self-determination.
Today, the McKay Métis are celebrating an even more dramatic and historic milestone that will reverberate across Canada and set a precedent that will change the indigenous landscape forever.
On May 23, the members of the McKay community voted whether or not to adopt:
The vote has passed and a celebration of self-determination is scheduled for today in Fort McMurray. Now, the Fort McKay Métis will be the first community in Canada to take this major step away from dependence on regional Métis organizations, like the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA). The implications of this include nation-to-nation negotiations with Canada and provincial governments, as opposed to those negotiations being brokered by the MNA.
Quotes: from Ron Quintal, President of Fort McKay Métis, "We realise we are the first and are leading Métis communities into uncharted territory. For that reason we have invested a great deal of work to make sure this was done right and that other communities have a model to follow."
From Dwayne Roth, CEO and Corporate Counsel for the Fort McKay Métis, "We believe this is a first for any local Métis community in Canada. Our actions follow self-government declarations by Métis organizations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and BC. Aboriginal people have an inherent right of self-determination recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
SOURCE McKay Métis