IMPORTANT REMINDER – Métis Nation of Alberta Responds to Appeal Court’s Ruling on Interim Métis Harvesting Agreement

by NationTalk on January 24, 20071591 Views




Edmonton, AB (January 24, 2007) – Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and the MNA Provincial Council, will hold a press conference to respond to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently released decision in the R. v. Kipp Kelley (“the Kelley appeal”). The press conference will be held at:

Ramada (Edmonton Inn) Nova Scotia Room

11834 Kingsway, Edmonton

Wednesday, January 24

10:00 a.m.

The Kelley appeal deals with whether the Interim Métis Harvesting Agreement (“IMHA”) can act as defence for Métis harvesters who are charged under Alberta’s fish and wildlife legislation. The IMHA is a negotiated agreement, signed in 2004, by the Government of Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Powley – the landmark case that confirmed Métis have constitutionally protected rights.

President Poitras will be joined by Cecil Bellrose (MNA’s Minister for Métis Rights), Jason Madden (Legal Counsel for Mr. Kelley) and Métis leadership from throughout the province.

Media Contact:

Monique Devlin
Métis Nation of Alberta
(780) 453-0283
(780) 975-4721 (cell)

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