St. Paul is marking Aboriginal Day in a variety of ways, including a new “champions for change” plaque honouring Jim Brady.
Brady was originally born in Saskatchewan but grew up in St. Paul des Metis. He was one of the “fabulous five” who founded the Métis Association of Alberta in the early 1930s. The association’s lobbying was instrumental in the Alberta government passing the Métis Betterment Act of 1938, which provided Métis with a host of social programs. Brady was a key figure in the negotiations.
Brady went missing with his friend while prospecting in the wilderness in 1967. Neither of them were ever found. Rumors stand to this day that Brady was murdered for his political leanings.