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Voting for the Future – The Metis Path to Self-Governance – RBC

June 18, 2024

This year’s A Chosen Journey: RBC Indigenous Partnership Report is a celebration of the promise, excellence and talent in Indigenous communities, the impact organizations, communities and community members are making and the power of teamwork. From the forests to the velodrome to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between, our community partners are finding new ways of winning and protecting traditional ways of being. This story is an excerpt from this report.

2023 was a big year for the Métis Nation of Alberta. They ratified their new constitution in a province-wide referendum, establishing the Otipemisiwak Métis Government. “Going through the constitution ratification process energized our Nation. It became the largest Indigenous constitution and self-government vote in Canadian history. Over 15,000 Métis Nation of Alberta citizens came out to vote, which is unheard of. That was a massive undertaking, but also a significant achievement with the result of 97% voting unequivocally in favour of the constitution and our Nation’s path towards self-determination and self-government,” explains Garrett Tomlinson, Senior Director of Self-Government with the Métis Nation of Alberta.

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