Hundreds of Métis leaders and Métis citizens from across Saskatchewan gathered in Saskatoon for Métis Nation Legislative Assembly for which 98 legislative assembly members attended easily meeting the 75 delegates required for quorum. At the meeting, the MNS election date was set for May 27, 2017. Loretta Metzger of Saskatoon was appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer.
MNS Vice President Gerald Morin, MNC President Clément Chartier and MMF President David Chartrand welcomed delegates and provided an overview of the work going forward for the Métis Nation. Later in the day President Chartier provided an update on the national work being under by the Métis National Council. This included the newly announced process of a whole of government initiative between the Prime Minister, key Cabinet Ministers and the Métis National Council Board of Governors.
After providing an update on the harvesting rights litigation in Saskatchewan, President Chartier presented a President’s Recognition Award to Métis Elder and Shell Lake Local President Blanche Pott for the dedicated work she has done for her community, the Métis Nation and the long time financial contributions made by the Local to the Métis Rights Defence Fund.