Established in 1990 by the enactment of the Metis Settlements Act (a provincial statute providing for local and collective governance), the Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal (MSAT) performs a quasi- judicial function. MSAT’s overriding consideration is to exercise its powers and carry out its duties with a view to preserving and enhancing Metis culture and identity and furthering the attainment of self- governance by Metis Settlements under the laws of Alberta (Metis Settlements Act, section187.1).
As a quasi-judicial tribunal, MSAT conciliates and mediates disputes, but can also hear evidence and make decisions on matters referred to it by agreement, provincial legislation, MSGC Policies or Metis Settlement bylaws, or where all parties to a dispute agree in writing that MSAT resolve their matter. Matters commonly referred to MSAT include, but are not limited to disputes about membership, land dealings, surface rights for oil and gas activity on Metis Settlement lands, timber disputes and questions of financial interest.
MSAT is composed of seven board members:
- The Chair is appointed by the Minister of Indigenous Relations from a list of nominees provided by the Metis Settlements General Council.
- 3 members are appointed by resolution of the Metis Settlements General Council, one of whom is designated as a vice-chair.
- 3 members appointed by the Minister of Indigenous Relations, one of whom is designated as a vice-chair.
The current MSAT Board was appointed in February 2019 to a four-year term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Board members for their hard work and dedication. The new MSAT Board consists of the following individuals (currently there is one vacancy on the Board):
- Floyd Thompson, Chair
- Donna Lakey, Vice-Chair
- Lisa Weber, Vice-Chair
- Bradley Cunningham
- Lee-Ann Joe
- David Drummond
MSAT Board members and staff are committed to working with the Metis Settlements and their members to resolve disputes and to promote Metis culture and self-governance.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us! One of our Dispute Resolution Officers will gladly provide assistance!
Website: http://www.msat.gov.ab.ca/ OR Telephone: 1-800-661-8864