MNBC At A Glance
Message from the President
As President of the Métis Nation British Columbia, (MNBC) on behalf of the MNBC Board of Directors and Staff it is my pleasure to provide to you this package of information that will enlighten you of who the Métis Nation British Columbia is and how we came to be and perhaps more importantly who are the “Métis”.
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) was first incorporated in 1996 as the Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC). In 2003 the Métis leadership ratified the Métis Nation British Columbia Constitution thereby establishing a new Métis Nation governing structure. Since 2003 the Métis Nation British Columbia leadership has implemented a number of institutions of governance such as the Senate, Métis Nation Governing Assembly, (MNGA) Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC), Métis Women British Columbia (MWBC), Métis Veterans British Columbia (MVBC) and the British Columbia Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) as well as the MNBC Provincial Métis identification registry.
As the democratically elected political representative and governing organization for nearly 90,000 self identifying Métis, of that, nearly 17,000 are registered Métis citizens in British Columbia, the Métis Nation British Columbia represents the political, legal, social and economic interests of Métis people in B.C. to Local, Provincial and Federal levels of governments, funding agencies and other related bodies. MNBC undertakes an advocacy, coordination and policy-making role on behalf of Métis people in B.C. on matters related to Provincial and Federal programs and services. MNBC acts to protect and preserve Métis history, promote and develop Métis culture, ensure Métis rights are understood and protected, and helps coordinate and facilitate local activities of Métis communities.
The Métis Nation British Columbia is committed to the protection of Métis Culture, Heritage and Language, the well being and security of Métis Children & Families, and the advancement of Métis Rights.
- Lead the building of a strong and proud Métis Nation in the province of British Columbia. Promote the political, social, cultural and economic interests of the Métis Nation, leading to self-sufficiency without dependence on government funding.
- Establish appropriate relations with Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, and First Nations, Inuit and other governing members of the Métis Nation, to ensure the appropriate place of Métis people as partners in the Canadian Federation.
- Ensure the appropriate and effective provision of Métis designed programs and services on behalf of the Métis in British Columbia Métis communities.
- Seek equality and justice for the legal, constitutional and international rights of the Métis Nation and respect diversity within the Métis Nation.
- Raise the level of awareness and understanding with governments, educational and other institutions and the general public on Métis history, culture and heritage.
For more information on our Ministries, programs, and services please visit our Directory.
Thank you for taking the time to review the information provided in this document, we trust you will find it informative.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Minister of Education
Minister of Housing
National Minister for Health
National Minister for Culture, Heritage and Families
Introduction to the Métis Nation British Columbia
Métis Nation British Columbia develops and enhances opportunities for our Métis Chartered Communities and Métis people in British Columbia by providing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.
Métis Nation British Columbia will build a proud, self-governing, sustainable Nation in recognition of Inherent Rights for our Métis citizens.
- Board of Directors - Consists of eleven members. The office for President, Vice President, Women’s Provincial Chair and the Youth Provincial Chair are elected by provincial mail in ballot. There are seven Regional Directors from across the province who are elected within their respective region’s also by mail in ballot. The MNBC Board of Directors serves the Métis People as an elected voice for their respective constituency and the Ministers are responsible for individual or multiple portfolios.
- Regional Governance Councils -The RGC consists of each regions Métis Chartered Community Presidents, regional Youth and Women’s representatives and the Regional Director (Chair). The mandate of the RGC is to provide input to the Regional Director for reporting purpose at the provincial board level and to develop policy that is consistent within the Métis Chartered Communities within their respective regions. The RGC in an important link from the provincial board level to the Métis communities.
- Métis Women of British Columbia (MWBC) - Is an important institution of governance for the Métis women of B.C. The MWBC provides a voice for Métis women and ensures that the needs and priorities are integrated into the overall governance, goals and objectives of the MNBC. The MWBC Provincial Chairperson/Minister is recognized by the MNBC Constitution as a voting member in all aspects of provincial and national levels of governance affecting Métis women in B.C. There are seven regionally elected women representatives across the province who represent their respective region and are voting members of the Regional Governance Council and the MWBC.
- Métis Youth of British Columbia (MYBC) - A critical component of the MNBC governance as they are the voice of the future of the MNBC . MYBC is the elected political body for Métis youth in British Columbia and is an integral part of the MNBC governance structure. The MYBC Provincial Chairperson is recognized by the MNBC Constitution as a voting member in all aspects of provincial and national levels of governance affecting Métis youth in B.C. There are seven regionally elected youth representatives across the province who represent their respective region and are voting members of the Regional Governance Council and the MYBC.
- Métis Veterans of British Columbia (MVBC) - The MNBC-Métis Veterans Committee (the “MVBC Committee”) is comprised of seven Métis Veteran Representatives from each of the seven regions (the “Regional Representatives”), and a Women’s Representative . The MVBC carries out the mandate of the MVBC on behalf of all MVBC registered members and conduct traditional and ceremonial duties during and for the Métis Nation British Columbia’s Annual General Meeting and Métis Nation Governing Assembly. The MNBC holds its Veterans in the highest honor and it is within this honor the MVBC members will take on the duty and responsibility as the “Dumont Scouts” of such assemblies. Dumont Scouts are responsible in maintaining order during meetings and gatherings.
- BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) - The implementation of the BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) is, in principle, based on the success of the Métis people in the 1700-1800's. The "Buffalo Assembly" and the "Laws of the Prairies" were established by the "community" way of life. These communal commitments ensured the survival of the Métis people during tough times. The basic principles were; no "individual" way of thinking and "that strength was generated from the collective group". These principles were the basis of the historic Métis culture; therefore the present day infrastructure and principles should honor the past. Each of the seven MNBC Regions appoints a highly-respected individual to represent their natural resource needs on a provincial level. These non-political Captains of Natural Resources form the Provincial Captain's BC Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR)
Organizational Structure Chart
The Métis Nation British Columbia has a clearly defined organization structure that represents the Provincial Governing Body as well as the Operations of the Métis Nation British Columbia and the Métis Provincial Council of BC, the Secretariat.
Governance Structure Chart
The governing structure of the Métis Nation British Columbia is divided into seven regions.
REGION 1 - Vancouver Island & Powell River
REGION 2 - Lower Mainland
REGION 3 - Thompson & Okanagan
REGION 4 - Kootenays
REGION 5 - North Central
REGION 6 - North West
REGION 7 - North East