From August 7-9, 2014, nearly 300 MNA citizens from across the province gathered in Stettler for the 86th MNA Annual General Assembly (AGA). The MNA AGA is the largest Métis gathering of its kind held annually in Alberta.
Each year the AGA rotates among the six regions of the MNA, and this year the AGA was hosted by Region 3. Métis people were the first non-First Nations people to venture into this region, post contact and establish a significant community. The Tail Creek Métis Settlement was located just south of here on the banks of the Red Deer River and at the time was the largest community west of Winnipeg. The Settlement had a population of 2000 people and the great leader, Gabriel Dumont was the Commander-in-Chief. The settlement was destroyed by fire and all that remains today is the Tail Creek Cemetery.
This year’s AGA included the following highlights:
- The Touring of the Historical Sites kicked off the AGA, followed by a meet and greet session at the Canalta Conference Centre on Thursday August 7.
- Ministerial Presentations followed by a Pig Roast & Jamboree at Tail Creek Campground on Friday August 8th. At the Pig Roast & Jamboree, the AGA participants gathered to renew friendships while they had a pig roast, along with entertainment.
- Business meeting on Saturday August 9, followed by an evening banquet & dance. At the banquet, veterans were presented with the Millennium Medal. Each region awarded a Métis citizen who is dedicated to the Métis Nation.
- Cultural activities included heritage tours to Boss Hill, Buffalo Lake, and Tail Creek Park; Museum events where youth built canoes and Red River Carts; and a trade show & artisans craft sales.
- The AGA delegates passed a number of resolutions. (Click MNA’s website www.albertametis.com to read all the resolutions approved.)
- The next AGA is set for Drayton Valley, AB (Region 4) in 2015.