Fort McKay Métis Nation
Fort McKay Métis are members of the Fort McKay community which is located 60 kilometers north of Fort McMurray. The growing and diverse membership is represented by Fort McKay Métis Community, a not-for-profit society incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act. Located in the heart of the Oilsands, the community has faced unprecedented change over the last 30 years. This change has brought both opportunities and challenges; but, by following the Elder's traditional teachings and committing to grassroots development, the community is facing their challenges head on while taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
In February 2020 the Fort McKay Métis Nation (FMMN) was the first Métis community to “credibly assert” its Métis Aboriginal rights under the process outlined by the Government of Alberta. In so doing, it joined the Alberta Métis Settlement’s General Council as the only Métis organizations authorized to negotiate with the Crown in the province and for which consultation may be legally required. The decision was lauded by many in the Métis community who are also seeking to be recognized, and criticized by others who have a different conceptualization about who should represent Métis community rights. This paper is meant to share FMMN’s experience, providing their position on what they believe effective Crown consultation will look like moving forward and asserting that this recognition is a first step toward becoming a selfgoverning Métis Nation.