A New Beginning
During the 1930's, the Metis in Alberta wanted land set aside to protect their distinctive lifestyle. For the next half century there was a commitment to the vision: Our Land -- Our Culture -- Our Future.
On July 1, 1989, a historic document was signed be the Government of Alberta and Alberta Federation of Metis Settlements Associations. The Alberta-Settlements Accord proposed to bring local self-government to the Settlements and to provide the resources to bring the Settlements up to the economic level of other communities.
November 1, 1990 brought to a successful conclusion -- with the proclamation of the Accord legislation -- a struggle for recognition started in the first half of the 1900's. The agreement between the Metis Settlements and the Provincial Government of Alberta marked the start of a new vision - A NEW BEGINNING.
The Accord legislation consisted of 6 documents:
- Letter Patent -- transferring the legal land title to the Settlements of the Settlement lands.
- Metis Settlements Land Protection Act
- Constitution of Alberta Amendment Act
- Metis Settlements Accord Implementation Act
- Metis Settlements Act
- Co-Management of Subsurface Resources Management