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Metis Association of Alberta fonds

1892-1979, predominant 1968-1978

Physical Description:
27.71 m of textual records. -- 64 video cassettes. -- 58 audio reels

L'Association des Metis d'Alberta et des Territories du Nord Ouest was established on December 18, 1932 under the leadership of Joe Dion. The aims, according to Dion, were "the reinstatement of the Metis race, to properly educate the Metis children, and take care of the sick." Through the group's efforts, the Metis Betterment Act was passed and Metis colonies had been established by 1940. In May 1940 the name was changed to the Metis Association of Alberta. The association was relatively inactive for the next 20 years. On November 20, 1961 MAA was incorporated and Adrian Hope became president. In 1967 Stan Daniels became president, and under his leadership MAA grew from a relatively obscure organization to one with over 3000 members in 60 locals, and considerable political clout. The objectives of the association, as amended in 1969, are "to advance at all possible occasions the interests of the Metis People, and coordinate the efforts of the Metis people for the purpose of promoting their common interests through collective action." MAA has undertaken several significant surveys about the living conditions of Alberta's Metis, has lobbied for improved housing, education, and economic conditions, and has helped members with land claims. In the early 1990s the name was changed to the Metis Nation of Alberta. For further information see The Dynamics of Native Politics : The Alberta Metis Experience / Joe Sawchuk. -- Saskatoon : Purich Publishing, 1998.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of administration files pertaining to MAA locals, Metis history, government relations, meetings and conferences, the native Council of Canada, cultural heritage, housing, projects and programs, education, communications, other organizations, correctional institutes, land, recreation, environment, health and welfare, and economic development (1968-1978); personal files of various MAA employees (1969-1978); videos of meetings, workshops and special events (1967-1977); and audio recordings of meetings and workshops (1969-1973).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING LOCALS/PLACES ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Beach, Anzac, Assumption, Athabasca/Baptiste Lake, Atikemeg, Beaver Dam, Big Bay, Big Prairie, Black Diamond/Turner Valley, Blue Ridge, Bonnyville, Cadogan, Cadotte Lake, Calahoo, Calamar, Calgary, Calling Lake, Canyon Lake, Caslan, Chard, Cold Lake, Coleman, Conklin, Desmarais, Dixonville, Drayton Valley, Drumheller, East Prairie, Edmonton, Edson, Elinor Lake, Elizabeth Colony, Enoch Reserve, Fairview, Falher, Faust, Fishing Lake, Fort Assiniboine, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Fort McMurray, Fort Vermilion, Gift Lake, Goodfish Lake, Graham Lake, Grande Cache, Grande Centre, Grande Prairie, Grimshaw, Grouard, Gunn, Gurneyville, Hienburg, High Level, High Prairie, Hines Creek, Hinton, Imperial Mills, Iron River, Janvier, Joussard, Keg River, Kikino, Kinuso, Lac La Biche, Lac Ste. Anne, Lloydminster, Long Lake, Mackenzie Valley, McLennan, Manning, Marlboro, Medicine Hat, Moose Lake, Moose Mountain, Nose Creek, Owl Lake, Owl River, Paddle Prairie, Peace River, Philomena, Plamondon Bay, Red Deer, Robb, Rocky Mountain House, Rycroft, Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) reserve, Slave Lake, Smith, Spruce Grove, Sputinow, St. Paul, Stein and Meander River, Sturgeon Lake, Swan Hills, Taber, Trout Lake, Truman, Valleyview, Wabamun, Wabasca, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt, Whitefish Lake, Winterburn, Wolf Lake Colony, and Woodbend.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Commercial Fisheries Association, Alberta Native Communications Society, Alberta Native Education Foundation, Alberta Pe Ta Pun, ANDCO, Atchemowin Drama Club, Athabasca Fisherman's Co-op, British Columbia Metis Association, Canadian Association in Support of Native People, Canative, Edmonton Native Friendship Centre, Enviroment Conservation Authority, Federation of Metis Settlements, Fresh Water Fish Marketing Corporation, Humans on Welfare, Indian Association of Alberta, Indian-Eskimo Association, Indian Rights for Native Women, Kanata Fur Trappers Association, Manitoba Metis Association, Metis Newsletter, National Council of Welfare, Native Brotherhood, Native Council of Canada, Native Counselling Services, Native Federation of Alberta, Native Women's Association, Neegan Society, New Dawn Housing Co-op, Nistawayou Association, Northland School Division, Pappaschase [Passpasschase] Historical Society, Poundmaker's Lodge, Quebec Metis Association, Saskatchewan Metis Association, Team Products, and Voice of Alberta Native Women.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Metis Association of Alberta, 1978-1981.

The material is in English.

Sensitive records are restricted until 2038 or may be used with written permission from MAA.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Other MAA records are in the Joseph Dion fonds and the James Brady fonds at Glenbow.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4755, M-5664, M-5713, M-5848, V-7, RBT-38

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