A Métis Nation of
Alberta Constitution

Métis Nation of Alberta
Constitution Commission

With the MGRSA signed, we have a clear path for Canada to recognize us as an Indigenous government in federal legislation. One of the steps on this path is to develop a Constitution.

To this end, the Métis Nation of Alberta Constitution Commission (MNACC) was formed in December 2019 with a clear mandate:

  1. Draft an MNA Constitution based on the MGRSA, past and present citizen engagements, and MNACC research
  2. Engage with MNA citizens on the draft Constitution
  3. Oversee the ratification process of the Constitution and the MGRSA

Learn more about the Commission’s mandate and process below.

Watch "The Road to the Constitution"

Get Involved

All citizens of the Métis Nation within Alberta will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Constitution during the province-wide hearings, assembly, and ratification process. Be a part of this historic initiative by adding your name to our mailing list. Get involved. You are the future of the Métis Nation.

What is a Constitution?

A constitution is like a rule book describing how a nation will be governed – the fundamental law of a nation. A constitution recognizes and protects a nation’s values and is the foundation on which a government is built and how its laws are made.

A constitution is a reflection of a nation’s soul. It sets out the essential pieces needed to create and govern a nation. It expresses:

  • National values and principles
  • Citizenship requirements
  • Rights and freedoms of citizens
  • A governance framework
  • Powers and authority of each level of government
  • The law-making process
  • The judicial system to resolve disputes

A constitution can give an Indigenous government the legitimacy and legal tools it needs to provide appropriate health, educational, and social services to its citizens. With a constitution in place, an Indigenous government can provide a better position for its citizens to pursue long-term economic opportunities.

When the Government of Canada presented itself at our doors it found us at peace. It found that the Métis people of the North-West could not only live well without it (…) but that it had a government of its own, free, peaceful, well-functioning, contributing to the work of civilization in a way that the Company from England could never have done without thousands of soldiers. It was a government with an organized constitution, whose jurisdiction was all the more legitimate and worthy of respect, because it was exercised over a country that belonged to it.
Louis Riel
Louis Riel and his councillors, circa 1869