John Pogerzelski has been on the job for only a few days at Lethbridge Metis Local 2003, and he says he has high hopes for his new position.
"We want to be more involved in the municipal planning. Everybody knows us as Blackfoot territory, which it is, but it's also Metis territory. The prairies are where the Metis people grew up — where we became a nation".
According to a 2016 census, there are more than 65,000 Metis people living in Canada.