Harrietha heads to Parliament Hill

McMurray Métis announce departure of GM

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Community influencers Elsie Yanik and Kyle Harrietha. Harrietha heads to Ottawa next year as Director of Parliamentary Affairs to Canada’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change. SUPPLIED PHOTO.

Community influencers Elsie Yanik and Kyle Harrietha. Harrietha heads to Ottawa next year as Director of Parliamentary Affairs to Canada’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change. SUPPLIED PHOTO.

After eight years of residency in Fort McMurray and two election campaigns running on behalf of the Liberal Party, Kyle Harrietha will be heading to Ottawa for 2016, as he was recently appointed Director of Parliamentary Affairs to Canada’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Harrietha’s announcement was sent out in a press release from the McMurray Métis on November 30, which stated they were “mixed with emotions” on the departure of their General Manager.

“Kyle has been a tremendous asset to McMurray Métis over the past three years and under his leadership our organization has made tremendous strides in its mission to pursue the advancement of the Métis people of Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta,” McMurray Métis President Gail Gallupe stated in the release.

“Kyle has been a tremendous asset to McMurray Métis over the past three years and under his leadership our organization has made tremendous strides in its mission to pursue the advancement of the Métis people of Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta,” McMurray Métis President Gail Gallupe stated in the release. “He has led McMurray Métis with integrity, professionalism, and transparency and he has earned the respect of our Local Council and our Elders. He leaves our organization in the strongest financial position it has ever been in and we will work hard to continue the momentum he has helped build.”

In October, Harrietha was unsuccessful at the polls against Conservative David Yurdiga, MP for the newly formed Fort McMurray-Cold Lake riding.

According to the Liberal Party of Canada’s website, he holds the title for being the strongest Liberal candidate in the region since 1968 for his campaign in the 2014 Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election.

McMurray Métis Vice-President Bill Loutitt added in the release, “Kyle’s respect for the Métis people, and all indigenous Canadians, is without question. While we’re sad to see him go we wish him success in this challenging role with Canada’s new government. The issues being addressed by Canada’s Minister of Environment and

Climate Change are incredibly important and we’re honoured to see our General Manager selected to assist in implementing the Minister’s mandate.”

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