Audrey Mae Dumont Poitras.
Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President Audrey Poitras was selected as a recipientof a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (NAAA) in Politics in 2011.As the first woman elected President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) in 1996,Audrey eliminated the organization’s financial debt, balanced the budgets, and beganraising the profile of the MNA. Ms. Poitras went on to become the longest servingPresident of the MNA, with 14 years at the helm of the oldest Métis organization inCanada. She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).Audrey oversaw the creation of the MNA’s Métis Centre of Excellence – theRupertsland Institute which is a partnership with the University of Alberta promotingeducation and training. This Centre of Excellence is another independent affiliate of theMNA. Under her leadership, the MNA also commenced the longest Métis harvesting trialever conducted. The case, R. v. Jones & Hirsekorn is the first Métis harvesting rights caseto address mobility issues throughout the Métis Nation.She has also established endowment funds of almost 10 million dollars withinstitutes and universities in Alberta. These funds go towards the support of Metisstudents at the post-secondary level.
This article is from the book
Women of the Metis Nation.
(Lawrence Barkwell, Ed., Winnipeg: Louis RielInstitute, 2010.) ISBN 978-0-9809912-5-3