Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
Oral Presentation Session
The quote in the title comes from a Métis Nation of Alberta briefing note to the Government of Alberta in 1971, “the Métis People and the Land Question in Alberta.” The briefing note details the history, current situation, and a proposed future for Métis land tenure in northern Alberta. While it is unclear whether the brief had a major effect on the government’s thinking around Métis communities and land management in the province, between 1973 and 1975 the government introduced two related policies, the “Land-Tenure Program” and a “Métis Housing Program,” with the goal to “resolve the long-standing grievances of natives and non-natives regarding land tenure” in northern Alberta. This presentation uses archival records, oral history, and Indigenous knowledge to examine these programs more closely, with a specific eye to how Fort McKay and Conklin Métis in northeastern Alberta responded to the program and the long-term effects on their development as Métis communities.