2022 By-Election

Public Notice is hereby given to all Métis Citizens of the Métis Nation British Columbia that a by-election will be held April 27, 2022, by Online and Mail in ballot ONLY for the purpose of electing a Vice-President, and any other position becoming vacant prior to the close of nominations (March 18, 2022) pursuant to and in accordance with the MNBC Electoral Act (2021).

Please see the links below for further information on the By-Election, and information on how to register for an online ballot.

We look forward to your participation in the 2022 MNBC By-Election!

How to Vote

Key Dates

  • April 07 – Online Voting Opens
  • April 27 – Election Day
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Leonard Laboucan

Walter Mineault

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Leonard Laboucan was born in Northern Alberta. He is a Proud Métis and has resided in BC for the majority of his life. Leonard has over 35 years’ work experience in the Aboriginal communities. Leonard still practices his Métis Culture and grew up Jigging to his grandfather’s fiddle.

Leonard has been the Executive Directors of the MPCBC and United Native Nations Society (UNNS) which were 2 of the 4 Indigenous Political Organizations in BC. As an Executive Director of MPCBC and UNNS, he has a proven track record in policy management and Negotiating with MPCBC and UNNS Tripartite Self-Government, with Federal and Provincial Governments.

Leonard has also been involved with disability and literacy, homelessness, justice, health, housing, Children, recreation, tourism, Aboriginal culture programs, and Métis Issues.

Leonard was working with Vanasep Training Society and First Nations Employment Society (FNES). Assisting FNES with developing Coastal Aboriginal Shipbuilding Alliance (CASA) in Partnership with ACCESS and CSETS and Seaspan on training Aboriginal people in the shipbuilding industry. 

Education College: Native Public Administration Program, CNC Management Programs 1,2,3, Project Management.

Volunteer (some): Chairman of Native Education (over 10 Years) Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (current) Founding member of Aboriginal Tourism Assn’t of BC. Region 2 Captain of the Hunt BCMANR MNBC (current)

Leonard has a small business; Wild Spirit Enterprises Company, that he started in 2013.

Leonard was also Office Manager for the United Heritage Métis Association (Nova now) 

Leonard is also a Canadian Firearms Safety Course Instructor for PAL license (22 Years)

Métis Veteran, 31/2 years in the Canadian Armed Forces-as a Supply Tech TQ5 Tradesman and Soldier

I do not like to see the division in our Métis Nation and we should work together for the betterment of our Métis Nation.

I ask you for your vote for by-election of Vice-President, All my Relations, Leonard Laboucan for VP MNBC

Walter has been a lifelong Métis Nation community member in British Columbia, with roots in Kelly Lake, Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek. Growing up, he was immersed in Métis culture, being born and raised in the Northeast of British Columbia. This has given him an extraordinary insight into our culture, our traditional and contemporary ways of life, and the challenges we face. 

His father, Herb Mineault, was a Métis Nation Provincial Vice-President in the early 1980’s, and is a source of inspiration. Métis Politics has always been a part of his life; he grew up listening to, learning from, and knowing many Métis leaders. Walter has been happily married to his wife Tammy for 28 years, they have 4 children, and 2 grandchildren. His Métis family and community are his motivation to work for the betterment for all Métis People in the province of British Columbia.

Walter has been a successful Métis entrepreneur for over 20 years as a Private Contractor, employing many Métis workers. Walter has served as a Métis Community President in Pouce Coupe B.C, and also served two previous terms as the Regional Director in the MNBC Northeast region.

Walter has dedicated energy and time assisting the people in our Métis communities, and is excited to serve as our MNBC Vice President. As VP Walter has several key priorities; affirming Métis Rights, Recognition and Self-Government; advancing Economic Development Initiatives; supporting the advancement of Métis Child and Family Initiatives as led by the Métis Nation; focus on Métis Culture and Language opportunities and programs; focus on addressing issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG); and he is committed to shared leadership, transparency, and a positive approach to nation building at all levels – local, regional, provincial and national for the betterment of all Métis citizens. 


MNBC – Region 2 Captain – Current

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society – Board of Directors – Current

Native Education College – Chairman – 2008 – 2021



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