Métis Governments Move Forward on Self-Government


OTTAWA – The Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, and Métis Nation of Ontario are gathering in Ottawa for a first-of-its-kind Otipemisiwak: A National Conference on Metis Self-Government to discuss the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements (MGRSAs) signed in June 2019:

WHAT: Métis governments hold conference to discuss collective path to self-governance with citizens, federal government representatives, legal experts, academics, and First Nations.

WHEN: March 10, 2020, conference closing remarks to be delivered at 11:30AM; media availability with the presidents of the three governments at 12:00PM.

WHERE: Hilton Lac-Leamy – 3 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6X4 (Mozart Room)

INTERVIEWS: Media scrum with Audrey Poitras, Métis Nation of Alberta President; Glen McCallum, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan President; Margaret Froh, Métis Nation of Ontario President

About the Self-Government Agreements

On June 27, 2019, the Métis Governments of Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta each signed Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements with Canada. The Self-Government Agreements provide for Canada’s immediate recognition of the inherent right to self-government held by the Métis communities and citizens represented by each of our Métis Governments, and set out a clear, mutually agreeable path for recognition of the Métis Governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law. This is the first time that Canada has ever recognized an inherent right of self-government for Métis.

Media Contacts:

Julia Burns
Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
Director of Communications

Marc St. Germain
Métis Nation of Ontario
Director of Communications
613-798-1488 ext.119

Amy Dillon
Métis Nation of Alberta
Director of Communications
780-455-2200 ext. 309