Sparked by the Métis Nation of Alberta’s (MNA) recent framework agreements signed with both Canada and the Province of Alberta, allowing for formal negotiations towards government-to-government, nation-to-nation relationships, the MNA launched its engagement on self-government with citizens at the Youth and Seniors Symposium in Edmonton on January 20, 2018.
Throughout February and March 2018, additional engagement events were held in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Lac La Biche, Bonnyville, High Prairie, Lethbridge, and Edson. The dates and locations were chosen by Provincial Council members in each region. The MNA’s registry team attended each session, processing completed applications and answering any questions for potential new citizens. MNA affiliates, Rupertsland Institute and Apeetogsan, were also in attendance sharing information about the programs and services they offer MNA citizens.
The purpose of the engagement events was to receive input from citizens about key values and principles related to self-government. Because the new constitution must be developed and ratified by citizens, this input will guide the drafting of a constitution.
The MNA heard from over 600 people and each interactive workshop combined technology and traditional methods to gather valuable perspectives. Short videos were shown about Métis self-government and the constitution. Following the videos, MNA staff presented a slideshow providing further context about Métis self-government. The workshops also included an interactive clicker presentation that polled the people in the room and displayed live results.
On May 26, 2018, the MNA launched an innovative online engagement tool, IdeaScale, to gather input and feedback from citizens. With this tool, citizens can share and collaborate on ideas, ask questions, and get responses from other citizens and/or MNA staff. Throughout the tool, citizens can also vote on citizen-generated ideas to show their support. Through comments, feedback, and voting, the wisdom of the people refines and prioritizes the crowd-sourced ideas. The most popular ideas rise to the top and the insights of MNA citizens will be extracted
The Métis Nation of Alberta’s IdeaScale homepage.
Stay connected with us on our Social Engagement website (metis.ideascale.com), our MNA website (albertametis.com), and our social media feeds to keep up-to-date. The MNA is committed to continuing these discussions and working towards a strong, united Métis government in Alberta.
Métis lawyer Jason Madden kicked off the consultation series with an
in-depth presentation on self-government for the Métis Nation of Alberta.
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