Local Métis chapter not consulted on process for constitution
A special flag was raised at City Hall on Monday morning to honour residents in Lethbridge who self-identify as Métis. Members of a local Métis group were in attendance but they were not there just to celebrate the beginning of Métis Week. Video Journalist Micah Quinn has the story on the upcoming Métis Constitution vote and why the group says they were not properly consulted on the building of it.
UPDATE: Randy Legault-Rankin, a spokesperson for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada had this to say:
“The Government of Canada is committed to working with Métis partners to advance self-determination, promote reconciliation and build renewed government to government relationships. This includes our ongoing collaborative work toward self-government. We are aware that the Métis Nation of Alberta is currently undertaking an internal ratification process on their draft Constitution. An Indigenous constitution is an internal matter between the Indigenous government and their citizens. As such, it would not be appropriate to comment further. As Canada does not have a role in developing or approving Indigenous constitutions, further questions on these matters are best addressed to the Métis Nation of Alberta.”