The Métis Rights and Economic Development Symposium will be held on March 10th and 11th in Fort McMurray at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre. Jointly hosted by Conklin Métis Local 193, Fort Chipewyan Métis Local 125, the McKay Métis Community, and McMurray Métis; this sold-out event will include members of the Métis community, industry, business, public servants, and political officials. Keynote addresses will be given by Manitoba Métis Federation President David Chartrand and Shell`s General Manager of Venture Support Integration and Social Performance; Stephanie Sterling.
McKay Métis Community President Ron Quintal stated, “We’re excited to be working with our Métis partners in Conklin, Fort Chipewyan, and Fort McMurray to bring together participants from across Canada for this unique opportunity to learn about the Métis Nation, Métis people, and the challenges and opportunities we are working to address together.” McMurray Métis President Gail Gallupe added, “The Métis of Wood Buffalo have an amazing story to tell and I’m especially looking forward to hearing from local Métis business leaders, including Doug Golosky, speak about their experiences, challenges, and successes.”
A variety of panelists will present on and discuss the history of the Métis, Métis business success stories, Métis economic development, the Métis relationship with industry and government, and contemporary tools for pursuing Métis rights.
Fort Chipewyan Métis President Jumbo Fraser stated, “The history of the Métis in Wood Buffalo goes back to the founding of Fort Chipewyan in 1788 and I’m looking forward to a great discussion about our history and our future.” Conklin Métis President Shirley Tremblay added, “Métis communities like Conklin face unique challenges with respect to aboriginal rights, economic development, and government services. I look forward to telling participants Conklin’s story.”
For more information about the Métis Rights and Economic Development Symposium, including the full agenda and list of panelists, please visit www.woodbuffalometis.org.
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