The Mackenzie River Métis now has leadership in place.
In an email to CKLB News, Métis lawyer and former spokesperson for the group, Rick Hardy writes,
“The Mackenzie River Métis have now selected a leader. She is Bridget Larocque who is originally from the Mackenzie Delta but lives in Yellowknife now. Along with Bridget, Kari Hergott originally from Fort Providence was elected as the Vice-Chairperson.”
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Larocque responded to CKLB by email, saying she will speak about her new role when she returns to the NWT. She is currently out of the country on travel.
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.
Few details are available at this time, however in an earlier email Hardy said,
“While, I’m not at liberty to publicly announce the seven members of the council, there’s interest from the communities of Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, and Inuvik.”
Hardy is currently the president of the Fort Norman Métis Council, based in Tulita, NT. He is also semi-retired in British Columbia, after a successful career as a lawyer and land-claims negotiator for the Sahtu region.