Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk (second from left) meets with (from left) McMurray Métis board member Harvey Sykes, Fort Chipewyan Métis President Fred “Jumbo” Fraser, McMurray Métis President Gail Gallup, McMurray Métis Vice President Bill Loutitt, and Conklin Métis board member Val Quintal.
(Photo supplied by: McMurray Métis Local)
April 26, 2016. Federal Employment, Workforce and Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk met with the Wood Buffalo Métis in Fort McMurray on Tuesday to discuss, among other topics, the impact an improved Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy will have on Metis. “After the Daniel’s decision which granted Canada’s over 200,000 Métis full Indian status under the constitution, there sure was a lot to talk about,” said McKay Métis President Ron Quintal, in a statement. “We are entering a new era of nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government.” The Wood Buffalo Métis are a collective of four Métis locals in the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo: Fort Chipewyan Metis, McKay Metis, McMurray Métis and Conklin Metis. The meeting took place in McMurray Métis board member Harvey Sykes’ cabin, which is the sole remaining trapper’s cabin in downtown Fort McMurray