Cost $27 for lunch
Where: Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe 10111 Bellemay Hill
When : 20 February 2008 starting at noon sharp
Audrey Mae Poitras has served as President of the Metis Nation of Alberta since 1996, the first female in that position. She also serves as Vice-President on the Canadian Metis National Council. Bom Audrey Dumont, she shares common ancestry with Gabriel Dumont. her home town is Elk Point. Alberta, and she lives in Edmonton. Alberta. Audrey Poitras is one of the highest profile Metis women in Canada. From her early days in the small community of Elk Point in northeastern Alberta until today, she has been a champion of the rights of Metis in this country. From Metis identity to Metis rights and recognition, Audrey remains a key figure among Canada's political leaders. In the summer of 2005 she was recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta Audrey was a successful business owner prior to her first election in 1996. Audrey's career in provincial Metis politics began in 1996 when she was elected to lead the Metis Nation of Alberta, as its first female President. Her leadership direction was reinforced in 1999, 2002, and again in 2005 when she was elected to her fourth consecutive term as President of the Metis Nation of Alberta. In April 2004, Audrey represented the Metis Nation at the historic Canada Aboriginal Peoples Roundtable attended by more than 20 federal cabinet ministers and 70 Aboriginal leaders from across the country. Sitting alongside the Prime Minister and other national Aboriginal leaders, Audrey affirmed the Metis Nation's commitment towards a Canada-Metis Nation Framework Agreement. President Poitras witnessed the signing of the Framework Agreement on May 31, 2005 during the federal Policy Retreat on Aboriginal issues in Ottawa. President Poitras launched the Metis Nation's official magazine, Otipemisiwak-Voice of the Metis Nation in Alberta in March 2004.
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