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Opinion: Métis Nation rising with the signing of historic self-government agreement – Calgary Herald

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 2019101 Views

July 5, 2019

July 5 marks the 135th anniversary of Louis Riel’s return to Canada to lead the fight for Métis rights. He dreamed of — and fought and died for — self-determination for the Métis people. Last week, after more than 13 decades, his vision of Métis self-government was finally recognized by the government of Canada.

On June 27, Canada and the Métis Nation of Alberta signed a historic agreement. The agreement recognizes that the Métis Nation within Alberta has an inherent, constitutionally protected right to self-government. It establishes a formal process that will lead to the recognition of a modern, Métis government for all Métis Nation citizens in Alberta. This process will include the adoption of both a constitution by the Métis Nation within Alberta and legislation by the federal government. Finally, Métis self-government is being recognized for what it is: an essential pillar of Confederation.

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