At the Annual General Meeting of the McMurray Métis, held at the Nistawayou Association Friendship Centre, members elected Gail Gallupe to a four year term as the new President. Members of the McMurray Métis local council include Vice-President Bill Loutitt, Treasurer Tosha Moore, Secretary Trudi-Ann Plamondon, and Directors Harvey Sykes, Sara Loutitt, and Cindy Punko.
Upon her election Gail Gallupe stated, “I look forward to continuing my work with the McMurray Métis local council in the role of President as we continue to pursue together the advancement of the Métis people of Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta. While we’ve made great strides in recent years we still have a lot work to do. Our priorities in the coming year include the recognition of Fort McMurray as a historic and contemporary Métis community, the development of a Métis Consultation Policy by the Alberta Government, the promotion of Métis culture through our educational programs and cultural events, and the protection of Métis constitutional rights with respect to continued industrial development.”
Gail Gallupe was born in Calgary and moved to the Peace River district as a baby where her family had a homestead farm. She later moved to Fort McMurray. Gail became involved with the Métis Nation of Alberta in the 1990s and has remained an active volunteer. She has two daughters, four grandchildren, and is a proud great-grandmother. Gail is an accomplished administrator and has worked as an Educational Assistant for the past 14 years. Her Métis heritage dates back as far as the 1700s on her mother’s side.
Outgoing President Dickie Dragon stated, “It’s with a heavy heart that I recently announced that I’ll be relocating to Edmonton with my wife, but I’ll continue to take an active interest in an organization I've been a member of since 1987. It’s been a tremendous privilege to serve with a local council that has worked so well together. My thanks to local council members and to the staff for their hard work on behalf of the membership. My best wishes for continued success of the McMurray Métis under the leadership of Gail Gallupe.”
Founded in 1987, the McMurray Métis are governed under the bylaws of the Métis Nation of Alberta by an elected local council. The local council is accountable to the membership and its mandate is to pursue the advancement of the Métis people of Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta. For more information please visit www.FortMcMurrayMetis.org.