Metis Nation Saskatchewan Election May 29th, 2021
A monthly newsletter for Métis Nation citizens in Saskatchewan and our stakeholders. Keep connected with the MN–S government and our activities, events, engagement sessions, career opportunities from around the Nation!
Welcome to the MN–S Our Nation News. I am very excited to have a newsletter that will update all our citizens in regard to what's happening and what's coming in the future.
Your Métis Government of Saskatchewan has been working hard, making progress and building important partnerships. It's been a great three and a half years that we've been here. We have a few agreements that we've done recently, and we've delivered quite a few new programs recently, which you will see in this newsletter.
We've developed a great relationship with the province and the federal government. With the working partnership between MN–S and Parks Canada, we have taken significant steps toward reclaiming the land at Batoche. Batoche serves as a symbol of everything Louis Riel and the Métis provisional government stood for: freedom, equality, and self-determination. The historic stand taken at Batoche is still alive and well today. These successes come directly from our Framework Agreement and our Nation to Nation, government to government relationship with Canada.
Our Ministry of Health is delivering on our priority for a steady COVID-19 Response, travel assistance for medical appointments, a Métis-specific health and wellness strategy, and support for mental wellness and addictions.
We are very proud of our Citizenship Registry. They have increased our numbers to well over 13-thousand registered citizens and currently are processing more than 3-thousand applications. The application process is now securely streamlined online. We have also recently been able to re-establish a process to check our citizens against the Indian Registry System. All of this is being achieved by staff working remotely due to the pandemic.
According to our Constitution: Métis means a person, who self identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and is accepted by the Métis Nation. All of you who have joined in MN–S citizenship are holding the ancestry, the distinction, and the Métis Nation's acceptance. Thank you for believing in the definition of Métis and for believing in the MN–S and our constitution.
This month we will be having an important meeting of our highest governing body, the Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA). I look forward to the time when we can gather again in person for our MNLA, but this year, it will be online for the safety of all in the pandemic. Following our usual practice, it will be broadcast live on our website for all to see the democracy of our Métis government in action. The strength of over a hundred elected Métis Leaders from across the province making decisions for our government.
We continue to focus on Métis rights and recognition, self-determination and self-government. Our rights, fought for by many Métis, have not been forgotten. We also continue to progress with building a strong Métis Nation based on preserving our identity, culture, values and language.
We are a self-determining, accountable government for all Métis people in the province. I look forward to what the next few months will bring. While COVID-19 continues to be a real and important challenge, 2021 is already promising to be another fruitful year for us.
So, with that, I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to read this newsletter, but – more importantly – for being caught up in regard to what your Métis nation is doing. This will help keep all of us informed of all the progress being made as we work to achieve what we want as a Nation.
I continue to be humbled and honoured to serve as your President and for the trust and faith you have placed in our government.
Thank you very much.
President, Métis Nation–Saskatchewan
Read more of what is happening with MN-S and the Nation
Reducing the spread of the virus depends significantly on Métis citizens following the Public Health orders, including wearing a mask, physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, limited social contact and self-isolation when necessary.
MN-S in collaboration with its Regions is providing the following responses to the registered Métis citizens:
· MN-S is working with the regions to develop region-specific response plan and provide the regions with funding based on the number of their registered and in-progress Métis citizens to help regions address the unique needs of their citizens that cannot be addressed through the MN-S centralized programs or Federal and Provincial programs.
· MN-S is providing complementary supports to the communities where there is an outbreak. This complementary support will also be provided to the registered Métis citizens and Métis families who are mandatory self-isolating for 14 days. All self-isolation citizens should follow the provincial guidelines during their isolation time.
Priority will be given to Métis Elders, Métis vulnerable citizens, Métis citizens with disabilities, and COVID-19 positive cases.
Citizens in ERIII for COVID supports shall meet the following criteria:
1. Elders and Senior Citizens
3. Single Parents
4. Mandatory Self-Isolating
5. Compromised Immune System
6. Underlying Medical Condition(s)
Regional Support Available for Citizens
1. PPE (Masks, Gloves, Hand Sanitizer, Wipes)
2. Emergency Food Hamper (2 wks of food)
3. Cleaning Supplies
4. Pick up & deliver prescriptions, pay for necessary items not covered
To provide some immediate relief for Métis citizens experiencing distress due to COVID-19, the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) has new emergency supports available.
MN–S aims to assist people who are in urgent need of support such as individuals and families who have lost employment income and are not receiving government assistance. This also includes Elders, senior citizens, post-secondary students, single parents, immunocompromised individuals and Métis citizens who are in mandatory self-isolation.
Supports for communities in COVID-19 lockdown are being administered through the regions. Food hampers are available to assist Métis families in distress due to lockdowns and self-isolation because of COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities. Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are available to those who have a positive COVID-19 member in their household, who are high risk (Elders, those with multiple health issues, care givers, and those with compromised immune systems) and frontline workers in CUMFI and MACSI. Regions will prioritize the delivery of PPE supplies and food hampers based on need.
Self-Isolation and Travel Assistance for Hospital Care
To help reduce the risks of spreading the disease to family members and alleviate some of the stress related to a positive test in the household, MN–S will provide accommodation to self-isolate for citizens on mandatory isolation who do not have available housing, or who are unable to self-isolate in their home. To receive this support, you must be under a mandatory self-isolation order and in need of a place to self-isolate. As well, reimbursement is available for citizens to travel to health centres for needed in-hospital care. If you require these supports, please email COVID19@mns.work
Support for Post-Secondary Students
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of post-secondary students. As a result, most students are taking their classes online while managing family life. The pandemic has increased mental and financial stress. MN–S is offering supports to Métis citizens who are post-secondary students during this challenging time, including rent, utility and technology supports. These supports are for MN–S citizens and those with citizenship applications in process.
Housing Assistance and Self-Isolation Supports
MN–S recognizes that many people are stretched financially and emotionally by COVID-19. MN–S housing assistance may be available to those faced with rental, mortgage and/ or utilities arrears due to a decrease in household income. Self-isolation assistance may also be available. This program is to help those struggling to make ends meet and funds are for those most in need. These supports are for MN–S citizens and those with citizenship applications in process.
Emergency Childcare Support
To alleviate the burden placed on parents and guardians, MN–S is issuing supports to families in need of essential childcare programs and services. Our commitment is to provide Métis children with care that is safe, regulated, and culturally distinct while lessening the economic hardship currently being experienced by so many families. Children must be 10 years old or younger. These supports are for MN–S citizens and those with citizenship applications in process.
Mental Wellness and Addictions Support
Culturally specific mental wellness and crisis supports are available for free to all MN–S citizens. Help is available for individuals or families and includes support related to crisis, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions and anger; case assessments and coordination; gambling and digital dependency; and legal and financial counselling. Help is available in both English and French languages. Options include in-person support (where available), video conferencing, or telephone. MN–S is committed to making sure all citizens receive the supports they need in all areas of good mental wellness.
Mental wellness supports are available on these toll-free lines:
1-855-671-5638 (8 am to 4 pm central time Monday to Friday)
1-877-767-7572 (24 hr crisis line)
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS PLEASE VISIT www.metisnation.com/covid
Get the latest updates on community outbreaks, public health restrictions, advisories and news releases from the province
Update to information on travel, data and statistics on the pandemic from across the country, economic response plan and supports from the federal government
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Saskatchewan’s phased approach to delivering the COVID-19 vaccination to residents started in December 2020. It includes an initial pilot of the delivery and storage of the Pfizer vaccine, a first phase focused on targeted vaccination of priority populations, and widespread access to the vaccine in the second phase.
October 2019 Marks the 175th Anniversary of the Birth of Louis Riel
The Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs, as well as the Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Lori Carr announced that October will be proclaimed as the Month of the Métis in the province of Saskatchewan.
“For more than a century Saskatchewan’s Métis community has been an integral part of our shared culture, history and heritage here in our province,” Carr said. “Through this proclamation we recognize the many contributions generations of Métis individuals and families have made to Saskatchewan.”
“Sharing Métis history and heritage is an important part of reconciliation,” Métis Nation-Saskatchewan President Glen McCallum said. “Our citizens are proud that our language, customs, art, and culture continue to enrich the lives of the many people who now call Saskatchewan home. We are pleased to work with the Government of Saskatchewan in the spirit of inclusion, respect and recognition to celebrate our people and our culture here in the Heart of our Homeland.”
A number of events have been planned throughout the province, including several at Government House in Regina.
October 1, 2019 to November 10, 2019 Government House will feature an art exhibition by Métis artist Leah Marie Dorion: Being One with the Earth.
On October 22, 2019 Government House will be offering a select number of Regina students an opportunity to learn more about Métis heritage.
Indian Head Culture Days was Metis themed this year. Culture Days was hosted by Indian Head Museum along with Metis Nation Saskatchewan Eastern Region III, Indian Head Grand Theatre and Stage Left Players. The events on weekend were supported by a grant from Sask Culture with 2 days of activities. On Saturday September 28th, the premiere showing of : Knowledge Keepers: Sharing Stories of a Metis Community" was screened at the Grand Theatre to an audience of 200 people.
8 Knowledge Keepers, Winnie Malbeuf, Bernard Malbeuf, Milona Biller, Shirley Baker, Maurice Cardinal, Calvin Racette Larry Fayant and Irma Klyne told us stories of growing up as Metis. They spoke of family life including hardships through changing times, family values, the impact of the church in their lives and the significance of Metis culture and our shared history. Filmmaker Sherona Laskey captured the essence of these 8 individuals and produced a documentary debuted on September 28th. For more information about the documentary or to purchase a copy please contact ERIII regional office.
LG Russ and Donna Mirasty attended the Indian Head Cultural Days in celebration of Métis Culture on Sept 28.
Pictured with Their Honours is Marg Friesen, Verna and Glen McCallum of Metis Nation Saskatchewan
A beautiful new documentary film, "Knowledge Keepers: Sharing Stories of a Métis Community," was premiered and the Indian Head Museum opened their fantastic new exhibit depicting the kitchen of a traditional Métis home in the valley.
Ribbon cutting on Sunday September 29th at Indian Head Museum along with other activities, jigging workshop, finger weaving and bannock!
Monday, October 7th was a historic day in Indian Head. For the first time, both the Treaty 4 and Métis Nation flags were raised alongside the Canada and Saskatchewan flags at both the Indian Head High School and Elementary School. Thank you to all those who were instrumental in making this happen. These flags will be permanently flown alongside one another and demonstrate the commitment to working together towards a better future for all of our people.
Prairie Valley School Division, Indian Head High School, Indian Head Elementary School, Treaty 4 Representatives, Town of Indian Head, Mayour Steven Cole, Metis Nation Saskatchewan Vice President Morin, Knowledge Keeper Calvin Racette and Regional Representative Marg Friesen
Representatives from MN-S, Treaty 4, PVSD, Town of Indian Head, RCMP, Indian Head High School, Indian Head Elementary School
The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the Government of Canada have signed the historic Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement.
The Agreement, over 130 years in the making, is a momentous step towards reconciliation. The Agreement recognizes the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan's right to self-governance and self-determination by instilling the Métis Nation's right to undertake core governance matters. This includes citizenship, leadership selection, government structures and financial accountability.
"This historic agreement is a major step toward guaranteeing our rights to our land, our resources, our education, and our culture. It is real progress for our people", said Métis Nation-Saskatchewan President Greg McCallum.
The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan has shown national leadership by working collaboratively to establish a Constitution and a democratically elected assembly to govern the Métis People in Saskatchewan. These existing governance structures and Constitution will make the implementation process for Métis Nation-Saskatchewan much easier in the months ahead.
"We want to express our gratitude to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Bennett for their commitment to reconciliation with the Métis People", added President McCallum.
Through its entire mandate, the federal government has been committed to reconciliation. This agreement has been a lifetime in the making for the Métis People in Saskatchewan and today marks a significant day in Métis history.
"Today is a day to celebrate the legacy of our Métis ancestors and the future of our children. For over a century, our people have fought – figuratively and literally – for recognition, respect and a rightful place in Canadian society. This agreement acknowledges the right of our people to self-government and to a true nation-to-nation relationship. We are able to stand taller today because we stand on the shoulders of giants and on the cusp of a better future."
Glen McCallum, President
"By signing these historic agreements today, our government is taking a fundamental step to advance reconciliation and transform our relationships with the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. We are committed to advancing self-determination as we strengthen our government-to-government relationships."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
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