47th Annual General Assembly - Governance in Action

September 25, 2015

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will be hosting the largest Annual General Assembly (AGA) of any Aboriginal group in Canada at the Assiniboia Downs located at 3975 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg on September 26 and 27, 2015. This year’s theme is “Governance in Action”. MMF President David Chartrand and the Board of Directors will be welcoming an estimated 3000 delegates from across the province to discuss and celebrate issues related to Métis governance, culture and future growth.

“This is the most important gathering of our Métis Citizens,” says President David Chartrand. “During these two days we will discuss issues of utmost importance to our people, set priorities and make plans that will enable our Métis government set a course for economic development, success, and strength for our Métis Citizens. We are a strongly democratic people with the will, the knowledge and perseverance to prevail and succeed.”

Opening Ceremonies for this important annual gathering of the Métis Citizens in Manitoba begins 9:30 am on Saturday, September 26 at the Assiniboia Downs. The AGA will also be streaming live at this time via the MMF website at Métis Citizens and members of the public can watch the AGA Live Stream by clicking the link on the MMF homepage and see the events as they happen. A copy of the AGA Agenda, Opening Ceremonies, Annual Report and the President’s State of the Nation Report will also be available for download during the AGA.

Among the scheduled dignitaries are the Right Honourable Premier of Manitoba, Greg Selinger; Métis National Council President, Clement Chartier; Minister of Justice and Attorney General Honourable Gord Mackintosh; His Worship Brian Bowman Mayor of Winnipeg; Women of the Métis Nation President, Melanie Omenho; and Infinity Women Secretariat President, Anita Campbell.

The MMF will recognize past Board of Director and Elder, Marielee Nault, with the Manitoba Order of the Sash during the opening ceremonies. Marielee passed away earlier this year and will be honoured for her commitment and leadership for the Métis people. The Manitoba Order of the Sash is the highest and most prestigious honour to be awarded by the Métis people of Manitoba.

Métis Youth are also an important part of the MMF Annual General Assembly. During the AGA, Metis Employment and Training (MET) will be hosting a Youth conference themed “Jobs in Trades: Meeting the Demand of Skilled Workers.” The Youth conference will to help Youth identify a variety of employment opportunities for skilled tradespeople that exist in our province. They will learn about the importance of skills training and post-secondary education. Youth will also learn the value of embracing their cultural identity and how it pertains to a meaningful and prosperous career path.

During the opening ceremonies, with pride 18 graduates will receive their certificate for the first ever Line Worker Certification program offered by MET. This training program was jointly developed as a direct result of a successful partnership between Forbes Bros Ltd and the MMF.

A banquet hosted by Metis N4 Construction will take place on Saturday evening beginning at 6 pm. The event will be emceed by legendary Métis musician, author and radio show host Ray St. Germain. The evening’s entertainment will feature Holly Vezina Badura, United Spirit Steppers, and Youth fiddlers Taylor Fleming, Christopher Pinnette and Riley Dutiaume. All proceeds from the event are going to the MMF Bereavement Fund. This fund helps support Métis families enduring the financial challenges of losing a loved one.


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Jonathan Hamel
Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation

Phone:             (204) 586-8474 ext. 324
Cell:                 (204) 806-4752

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