There’s a new Métis political movement taking shape the Northwest Territories.
“We have a long history of Métis families up and down the Mackenzie River,” explained Rick Hardy, former president of the Métis Nation of the Northwest Territories.
He went on to become a lawyer and served as legal counsel to the Sahtu Dene Métis Negotiators in the 1990’s. In 2017 returned to work for his home community of Tulita, as the President of the Fort Norman Métis Land Corporation.
In a press release Hardy writes that the new organization held it’s initial meeting in Fort Providence this past weekend on September 29th.
The group is currently calling themselves the Mackenize River Métis Collective.
The preliminary mandate of the collective will be to determine how many Métis in the NWT support the collective, and if they support the organization to seek justice and benefits from Canada, stemming from the Daniels Case.
“We’ll form a council and then engage Canada and, if necessary the Government of the Northwest Territories to address these long outstanding issues.”
Those issues were not listed in the media release.
“I’m not at liberty to publicly announce the seven members of the council, I’m just a midwife at this point,” added Hardy.
He did confirm there’s interest from the communities of Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, and Inuvik.