Welcome to the Fort Providence Metis Council

Mission Statement

The Fort Providence Metis Council represents the interests of the Indigenous Metis/Dene Descendants of the Fort Providence area. Our members with treaty and aboriginal rights are recognized under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. The mandate of the Metis Council in to uphold the aboriginal rights of the Indigenous Metis/Dene Descendants, unite the membership along with promoting the history and culture of the Metis people of the area. The organization has an elected Executive and Board of Directors which provides political, economic, cultural, and social representation at the community, regional, territorial and national levels through its affiliation with other governments, corporations, and organizations.

As aboriginal people we consider our history and families to be the foundation of our destiny as we continue to work for the betterment of our future generations.

We believe in cooperative partnerships with other aboriginal organizations of similar purpose, in particular the Deh Gah Gotie Dene Council. The Fort Providence Metis Council is a member of the Deh Cho First Nations. The Fort Providence Metis maintain cultural ties with our indigenous Metis relatives who live in Northwest Metis Communities along the Mackenzie River as well as the communities around the Great Slave Lake region of the Northwest Territories.

We aspire to the objects of the Metis Declaration which was endorsed by the Dene and Metis people of the Northwest Territories in 1980.

About Us

 

Deh Cho Metis – “The People of Mixed Blood”

A non-discriminatory Indigenous Metis/Dene Descendant Organization participating as a member of the Deh Cho First Nations. The Fort Providence Metis Council is also maintains a working relationship with other Metis of the Northwest Territories.

“Deh Cho Metis – Treaty 11 Commission- Deh Cho First Nations”




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Metis Declaration

We the Metis people of the Northwest Territories do declare that we exist as a national entity. While it is true that our nationalism does not take form of a nation state it is sufficient to define us as a distinctive people. While it is also true that we are descendants of the Dene of the Northwest Territories we are also descendants of the other nationalities. As such we have evolved as a people that are distinct from both groups.

From the newcomers to Canada we inherit democratic rights as citizens of the nation state that they have established. As such we declare ourselves as loyal citizens of Canada. From our Dene ancestors we inherit legal rights that are owed to us by the nation state. As such we declare that we are possessed of the legal concept known as Aboriginal rights.

Therefore we declare our desire to enter into negotiations with the Government of Canada to bring our aboriginal rights into substantive form. We further declare that it is our desire that these negotiations should lead to our recognition as Metis people.

Passed by:

Dene National Assembly at Fort Good Hope 1980.

Metis Association of the Northwest Territories at the General Assembly in Hay River 1980.