Aboriginal Day Live Flag Contest

Aboriginal Day Live Flag Contest
Let your creativity shine in APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live Flag Contest

If you’re between 12 to 17 years of age, you’re invited to design a flag that reflects what National Aboriginal Day and being Aboriginal means to you! This is your chance to be creative and design something original that shows your pride in the culture and heritage of Aboriginal Peoples.

The contest winner will receive: a trip to Winnipeg (along with one parent/guardian) including accommodations; an opportunity to be featured on APTN; an invitation to take part in APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration; and a cash prize of $500. In addition, the winner’s flag will be raised above APTN’s headquarters in downtown Winnipeg. If the design was initiated as part of a school project, the winner’s school will also receive $750 towards the purchase of learning materials.

The deadline for entries is May 17, 2013 at midnight EST. For more information and submission specifications please read the contest rules available at http://adlflagcontest.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/03/APTN_2013_Flag_Contest_Rules_and_Regulations_National-English.pdf.


by Jason Madden

“[T]he time has finally come for recognition of the Métis as a unique and distinct people.” In 2011, this was the Supreme Court of Canada’s call to action to governments in a unanimous decision called Cunningham v. Alberta. For those who were paying attention, the case was a forewarning of things to come in the recently released Manitoba Métis Federation v. Canada judgment (the “MMF case”).
In the Cunningham case, the Supreme Court recognized that for more than two centuries “the Métis have struggled … for recognition of their own unique identity, culture and governance.” The court acknowledged that the historic unwillingness of governments to recognize and deal with the Métis – as a distinct rights-bearing aboriginal group – had created a legal gap. The court went on to affirm that the inclusion of Métis in s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 was intended to change this history of denial and neglect in concrete ways.
While neither the Cunningham case nor the Supreme Court’s landmark 2003 decision in R. v. Powley on Metis harvesting rights set out a clear path forward for how reconciliation should take place with the Métis, the MMF case provided an opportunity for the court to do just that. In dealing with the specific facts in the MMF case and declaring that Canada failed to implement the Métis children land grant provision set out in s. 31 of the Manitoba Act, 1870 in accordance with the honour of the Crown, the highest court of the land has also now put the Métis on the same path to reconciliation it has fleshed out for First Nation and Inuit peoples over the last forty years. This well-trodden way forward consists of negotiation, accommodation, and, ultimately, “just and lasting settlements” that reconcile pre-existing aboriginal title, rights and interests with the sovereignty of the Crown.
Following the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Calder v. British Columbia in 1973, which recognized aboriginal title continues to exist in various parts of the country, Canada re-engaged its treaty-making with Indian peoples where their title, rights and interests had not yet been addressed. This has led to modern day treaties being negotiated or finalized with First Nations in northern Canada, British Columbia as well as parts of Quebec and Ontario.
During this same post-Calder era, Canada initiated negotiations with the Inuit. In less than forty years, we are now witness to the claims of the Canada’s Inuit reconciled through four modern day land claim agreements in the north and the creation of Nunavut.
As the Supreme Court confirms, the Métis were also one of the “indigenous peoples who were living in the western territories” of Canada prior to the assertion of sovereignty. However, the Métis south of the sixtieth parallel have been excluded from the reconciliation processes initiated with similarly situated Indian and Inuit peoples, despite the fact that Canada has analogous jurisdiction for them as confirmed by the Federal Court in the recent Daniels v. Canada judgment.
The MMF case signals that this ongoing Métis exclusion from meaningful negotiation processes cannot be sustained. Put simply, reconciliation cannot just be happening with only two of Canada’s constitutionally-recognized aboriginal peoples. Canada must finally make a space at the negotiation table for the Métis.
Without question, negotiation and just settlement with the Manitoba Métis is required to address the unfulfilled promise in s. 31 of the Manitoba Act, 1870, but that is just the beginning based on the new framework set out by the Supreme Court. Canada’s history with the Métis is riddled with a trail of unfulfilled promises from Ontario westward that also require reconciliation. From the promises made to the Métis in Ontario during the Robinson-Huron treaty negotiations to the Halfbreed Adhesion to Treaty #3 to the legislative promises in the Dominion Lands Act, which gave rise to the Métis scrip system that left the Métis largely landless on the Prairies, much “unfinished business” with the Métis people remains.
Of course, the changes required to current government policy will take time. Unfortunately, it may take more litigation for governments to finally come to grips with the broader implications of the MMF case. Thankfully, however, the Supreme Court has clearly set out the way forward.
Real negotiations with the Métis on issues such as land, self-government and their existing rights and interests must begin. Just and lasting settlements, whether they are called treaties, modern day land claim agreements or something else, must ultimately be reached with Canada’s Métis. Anything less would not achieve reconciliation or the promise of section 35 to “the recognition of the Métis as a unique and distinct people.”
Jason Madden is a Métis lawyer and partner in the law firm Pape Salter Teillet LLP. He has been legal counsel in much of the litigation advanced on Métis rights over the last decade, including, acting for the intervener, Métis Nation of Alberta, in the MMF case.
This article was originally printed in Canadian Lawyer Magazine. The conplete article is available at: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/4578/reconciliation-with-the-metis-the-time-has-come.html

Thompson Okanagan Citizenship Statistics for March 2013

MNBC Statistics Report: March 7, 2013

Total Applicants to Date
Citizenship Cards Issued 1624
Pending Card Order 28
On Hold For Renewal 179
Current Card Holding Citizens 1552
Approved Pending Community Acceptance 6
Applicants in Progress 339
Deceased 29
Appeal Option Notification 34
Appeal in Progress 14
Appeal Decision in Favor of Applicant 0
Appeal Decision in Favor of Registry 14
Appeals Total 28
Moved Out of Province 15
Archived Files 362
TOTAL 2025

Male 1128
Female 1259
TOTAL 2387

Male 1024
Female 1152
TOTAL 2176

Youth 10-15
Male 46
Female 46

Youth 6-9
Male 34
Female 35

Child 0-5
Male 24
Female 26

No Birth Date Specified

Registered 1
Not Registered 1257
Unconfirmed 1129
TOTAL 2387

Breakdown: Being Worked On
Boundary Local M�tis Association 9
Kelowna M�tis Association 75
Merritt District M�tis Association 24
Salmon Arm M�tis Association 27
Vernon District M�tis Association 82
Two Rivers M�tis Society 193
South Okanagan Similkameen M�tis Association 45

Breakdown: Approved
Boundary Local M�tis Association 43
Kelowna M�tis Association 295
Merritt District M�tis Association 69
Salmon Arm M�tis Association 156
Vernon District M�tis Association 250
Two Rivers M�tis Society 403
South Okanagan Similkameen M�tis Association 257
TOTAL 1473

Regional Governing Council and Metis Nation Governing Assembley

The Region 3 (Thompson-Okanagan) Governing Council held a tele-conference on Thursday February 28, 2013. The conversation was highlighted by a discussion on the upcoming Metis Nation Governing Assembley convening March 9th and 10th, 2013 in Richmond BC.

The Resolutions have been sent out to the Chartered Communities for review and decision making. I as your Region Director encourage you to think about the direction you want your representative (President) to voice your authority at the MNGA. I encourage you to utilize the legislation that guides our governance meaningfully and professionally. This is your governance so let your voice be heard.

Daniel Pitman
Region Director Thompson/Okanagan
Minister for Children and Families
Minister for Culture, Heritage and Language

Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yawn
(Proud to be Métis)

Metis Community Services Society BC Calendar for March 2013

Métis Community Services Society of BC
#201-2949 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1
Ph: 250-868-0351, Fx: 250-868-0359, Toll Free: 1-877-965-6237

Tuesday March 5
Métis Womens’ Circle
Kelowna Métis Assoc.
Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

Tuesday March 12
Kelowna Métis Assoc.
Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

Tuesday March 19
Kelowna Métis Assoc.
Open 9:30am – 4:00pm

Tuesday March 26
Kelowna Métis Assoc.
Open 9:30am – 4:00pm
Adult Drum Circle

Sunday March 31, 2013
…don’t forget to set your clocks
forward this Sunday

Salmon Arm Metis Association

DownTown Activity Centre
451 Shuswap St. SW
Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4H9
(250)832-7029 Email: samacommunity@yahoo.ca

SAMA Community ACTIVITY & INFO Centre (Past/2012 & Ongoing / Upcoming Events / 2013)

SAMA Christmas potluck with 2 turkey draws was held on Dec. 16th and was a success

Were granted a $1000.00 Sports equipment fund and purchased 12 prs. of Snowshoes

Were granted a $1000.00 Aboriginal Run/Walk grant and training going on now with a final 10k walk on June 21st, Aboriginal Day Over 20 people of all ages have signed up.

Held our SGM on January 28th, 2013 and settled our Amendments on
New By-Laws for 2013

New Youth funding for 2012-2013 (Agreement was signed and sent back)

Taking part in Children & Family ROOTS program in Armstrong on end of May

A Youth/SAMA Gathering will be planned for end of June

A Facebook page is SAMA Métis, falls under Eldon Clairmont.

Thank you
Eldon Clairmont…….President of SAMA (Salmon Arm Métis Association)