Saskatchewan

Métis rally in Prince Albert

Métis people from across the province gathered in Prince Albert this weekend to speak out against the current leadership of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan.

Métis people from across the province gathered in Prince Albert this weekend to speak out against the current leadership of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon lawyer Dwayne Roth became president of the organization in May, amidst controversy and allegations of vote tampering.

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The rally was organized by Robert Doucette and Alex Maurice. Both men were Roth's opponents in the May election.

Voting irregularities have plagued the last several elections and Maurice says the community has had enough.

"The status quo cannot remain and so there's a resistance," says Maurice. "A resistance to what has been taken for granted from the Métis people for the last decades. Call it a revolution if you want."

Approximately 100 people attended the rally on Saturday. The group decided to form a committee that could offer an alternative Métis voice and deal with issues such as financial scandals and hunting rights.

After the election controversy last spring, the provincial government suspended funding to the Métis Nation and appointed an elections investigator.

The investigator's report is expected to be released this week. President Dwayne Roth has already said he will not recognize the report.