McMurray Métis are pleased to announce the hiring of new General Manager Kyle Harrietha. Kyle came to Fort McMurray in 2008 and spent the past five years as Program Administrator for the Cumulative Environmental Management Association’s (CEMA) Reclamation Working Group (RWG) and more recently as CEMA’s Communications Manager. Prior to Fort McMurray Kyle spent seven years serving in various capacities as a political aide on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
“We’re delighted to have a new General Manager in place at an interesting time in the history of the Métis Nation” said McMurray Métis President James ‘Dickie’ Dragon, “With more and more development happening in this region, on lands which our people use for traditional purposes, it is imperative that our office is able to work with industry and Government to ensure appropriate consultation takes place, to ensure the Métis people have the opportunity to partake in the economic life of this community, and to assist in protecting the Constitutional rights of the Métis people.”
The McMurray Métis are a part of the Métis Nation of Alberta and was formed in 1987 to pursue the advancement of the Métis people of Fort McMurray and Northeastern Alberta. The McMurray Métis are accountable to a membership of more than 250 Métis people in the region. Its priority is to develop prosperity and self-sufficiency within the Métis Nation, to create awareness of the proud heritage of the Métis people, and to promote, pursue and defend the aboriginal, legal, constitutional, and other rights of the Métis Nation.
Biography: Kyle Harrietha
Kyle Harrietha was born in Ajax, Ontario in 1977 and grew up in Oshawa, Ontario and Scarborough, Ontario. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he graduated in 2000.
Kyle moved to Fort McMurray in April 2008 where he spent five years working as a Program Administrator for the Cumulative Environmental Management Association’s (CEMA) Reclamation Working Group (RWG). CEMA is a multi-stakeholder non-governmental organization that develops recommendations on managing the cumulative environmental effects of regional development on air, land, water and biodiversity in the oil sands region in a consensus-based process involving government, industry, environmental NGOs, and First Nations and Métis members including Local 1935.
From 2001 to 2008 Kyle lived in Ottawa, Ontario where he worked on Parliament Hill in various roles. These include Special Assistant in the Office of the Minister of Finance; Legislative Assistant to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment; Legislative Assistant to the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development; and as Executive Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Newton—North Delta (BC). Kyle has also worked and volunteered on various federal, provincial and municipal election campaigns over the years in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and in Alberta.
Contact Information: GM1935@FortMcMurrayMetis.org ∞ 780-881-9859