The Highlands Métis Nation Association (HMNA) was created and exists to foster, promote and preserve our Métis identity and heritage. We will strive to promote education, training, business opportunities and leadership in self-governance so that our people can reach their full potential and realize economic, cultural, social, spiritual, health and wellness and legal/justice issues, while becoming more economically independent and self-reliant.
The ultimate authorities within the HMNA are the full voting HMNA members. Consensus will be sought from the membership and will be insured by organizational structures of the HMNA, which takes into account the traditional values of our ancestors, with the belief that whole communities are more important than one individual or group of individuals.
As Aboriginal People of Canada, recognized and constitutionally protected. We share a unique role with our First Nation and Inuit relations. Once again, for our Ancestors, our families and future generations, we shall be known as "THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THEMSELVES," OUR PEOPLE.
The membership of the HMNA is comprised of all those Métis, registered with the HMNA.
PURPOSE OF THE NATION
The Nation shall serve, represent and protect the rights and obligations of the Métis peoples of the “Highlands Metis Nation Association”.
Randy Roach is an Acadian Métis, born and raised in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. Randy is currently employed as a cable repair technician with the local telecom company and spends his spare time volunteering as a Karate instructor at the Cape Breton Highlands Karate club. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time in nature.
Randy was elected as Chief of the Highlands Métis Nation Association in the Spring of 2016 and is one of the founding members of the Association.
Arnold Dithurbide graduated from high school and went to work with the provincial telephone company now known as Bell Aliant. After 30 years in this role he retired and then spent 4 years doing odd jobs and travelling.
He joined the Army Reserve at age 53 and was employed as a Supply Tech. until the age of 60, at which point he once again retired.
He then had the opportunity to work in the oil patch, where he enjoyed working alongside his son until the downturn in the industry. He now works as a deckhand on a lobster boat, fishing out of Cheticamp.
Arnold has been happily married for over 40 years and has 2 wonderful children. The most satisfying achievement was the building of their log cabin, with the great help of his wife Emily. This was a 7 year project that was completed with only a chainsaw and adz.
During his lifetime he has always been involved in his community. Some of the activities he is most proud of are as follows: a founding member of the Cheticamp Search and Rescue, Minor hockey coach for 24 years and a founding member of Trail Minor Hockey Association, elected member of the School Board for 12 years.
He is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and hunting guide who has and will always continue to enjoy the outdoors and the bounty that Mother Nature has to offer.
Arnold was elected 2nd Chief in the Spring of 2016 and is a founding member of the Highlands Métis Nation.
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