“Otipemisiwak” is a Plains Cree word historically used to refer to Métis people. It loosely translates to “the people that rule (or own) themselves”. At the 94th Métis Nation of Alberta Annual Assembly, a final draft of the Constitution was approved and citizens were encouraged to vote during the month of November, 2022. It was announced in early December that over 15,000 citizens voted yes to the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution, resulting in an approval rate of approximately 96.89%. The Constitution will allow the Métis within Alberta the right to self-governance, legislative funding towards Métis issues and a nation-to-nation relationship with the Federal government.
As stated in the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Constitution, it will come into effect during the first general election of the Métis Nation of Alberta Association, which is set to be held in September 2023.