Manitoba Métis Federation
Marci Riel is the Senior Director of Energy, Infrastructure and Resource Management (EIRM) at the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the national government of the Red River Métis. The department was created to address the development and management of energy projects and infrastructure constructed on lands utilized by the citizens and harvesters across our National Homeland. The amalgamated department also manages the MMF’s lands management files as well as the natural resources and conservation portfolios related to harvesting, impact assessment, Métis monitoring, forestry, mining, migratory birds, commercial fisheries, wetland restoration, fish and fish habitat, environment and climate change.
Marci is the former Indigenous Co-Chair of the Line 3 - Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (L3IAMC) and is the Red River Métis representative on the Canada Energy Regulator and the International Joint Commission’s Indigenous Advisory Committees. Marci is also the Red River Métis representative on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s Circle of Experts and is currently working with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and other regulators to create and implement much needed Indigenous Advisory Committees. Her role is to best represent the needs of Red River Métis citizens and to assist Canada and the regulators in better understanding the lifecycle impacts of projects on the collectively held rights, claims and interests of the Red River Métis.
Ms. Riel holds a Masters Degree in Sociology and prior to joining the Manitoba Métis Federation in 2011, Marci worked in the field of public safety and crime prevention. Marci is the mother of Joshua and Thomas, and together with her husband Kevin, is proud to be raising the next generation of Red River Métis citizens. Marci lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba – in the heart of the national homeland – on one of the original Red River lots next to the historic Riel House site.