Métis Nation of Alberta
The Métis Nation of Alberta was formed in 1932 as the Métis Association of Alberta. Its primary goal was to be a political body to lobby the government on behalf of the Métis people. Its primary founding members were Felice Callihoo, Joseph Dion, James P. Brady, Malcolm Norris, Peter Tompkins. Currently the MNA has 6 regional boards. They have branches that deal with unemployment, children services, land agreements and the rights of Métis people as Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
The organization's President is Audrey Poitras since 1996. Alberta has the largest population of Métis of any province.
The Métis of Alberta are the only Métis in Canada to have a legislated land base. There are eight Metis Settlements covering an area of 1,400,000 acres (5,700 km2). The land was granted by Letters Patent in 1990 and is held collectively in fee simple through the Metis Settlements General Council.
The eight Settlements are:
|Métis Settlements of Alberta|
|Buffalo Lake||Smoky Lake County||492||248||98.4||336.97||1.5|
|East Prairie||MD of Big Lakes||366||352||4.0||333.87||1.1|
|Elizabeth||MD of Bonnyville No. 87||654||663||−1.4||250.21||2.6|
|Fishing Lake||MD of Bonnyville No. 87||436||484||−9.9||355.74||1.2|
|Gift Lake[a]||MD of Big Lakes
Northern Sunrise County
|Kikino[b]||Smoky Lake County
Lac La Biche County
|Paddle Prairie||County of Northern Lights||562||216||160.2||1,716.72||0.3|
|Peavine||MD of Big Lakes||690||822||−16.1||817.13||0.8|
|Total Metis settlements||—||4,826||4,003||20.6||5,067.36||3.7|
- Gift Lake comprises two parts. The majority is located within the Municipal District of Big Lakes, while the balance is located within Northern Sunrise County. The Municipal District of Big Lakes portion had a population of 662 living on 811.30 km2 (313.24 sq mi) in 2011, while the Northern Sunrise County portion had a population of 0 living on 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi).
- Kikino comprises two parts. The majority is located within Smoky Lake County, while the balance is located within Lac La Biche County. The Smoky Lake County portion had a population of 959 living on 442.92 km2 (171.01 sq mi) in 2011, while the Lac La Biche County portion had a population of 5 living on 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi).
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- "Census Profile: Kikino part A, Alberta (Code 480116) and Kikino part B, Alberta (Code 480275) (table)". Statistics Canada. March 1, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
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