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Your MNBC Judiciary arm

The Senate shall act as the judicial arm of the Métis Nation British Columbia in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution; Consist of seven (7) appointed Senators, one Senator per Region.


Position Opening – North Central Regional SenatorMNBC is calling on its Citizens for interest in the position of MNBC Senator representing Region 5 North Central. Nominations are now open. Nominations will close August 22, 2021.As per Article 5, sub-article 5.1 of the Senate Act:
Métis Nation British Columbia is calling on individuals to submit their interest to serve as Senator in the MNBC Senate. (1 Position Open)

Senate Composition:

Each of the seven MNBC Regional Governance Council appoints a highly respected individual to represent their judicial needs on a provincial level. These non-political Senators form the Judicial Arm of the MNBC.


As per Article 5.2 of the MNBC Senate Act, please submit:

  1. Biography of the Applicant (Relevant information);
  2. Proof of Age – must be at least 55 years of age;
  3. Copy of your MNBC Citizenship card;
  4. Criminal Record Check for volunteers;
  5. Nomination Form for Senate Vacancy

A nomination must be in writing by a Métis Citizen that holds an MNBC citizenship card.


Nominations to be submitted to the Region 5 North Central Regional Governance Council (RGC), via the care of MNBC Executive Assistant to the Chief Public Affairs Officer, Derek Robitaille

Nomination deadline: August 22, 2021

Contact the Senate Clerk

Mailing Address

Attn: Senate Clerk

#380 – 13401 108 Ave

Surrey, B.C.

V3T 5T3

Phone & Email

Email: The Senate Clerk

Phone: 250-488-1509

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm


Contact Your Senator

Region 1 – Vancouver Island & Powell River

Senate Representative – Senator Alan Edkins

Phone: 250-710-9757



Region 2 – Lower Mainland

Senate Representative – Senator Phillip Gladue

Phone: 778-828-8640



Region 3 – Thompson & Okanagan

Senate Representative – Senator John Sayers

Phone: 250-485-7806



Region 4 – Senate Representative – Kootenays

Senate Representative – Senator Elizabeth (Betty) Hoogendorn

Phone: 250-344-1216



Region 5 – Senate Representative – North Central

Senate Representative – Senator Arnold Lucier

Phone: 778-349-1094



Region 6 – Senate Representative – North West

Senate Representative – Senator Sandra Conlon

Phone: 250-615 2241



Region 7 – Senate Representative – North East

Senate Representative – Senator Gerald Pope

Phone: 250-787-0141



About the Senate

The Senate is the judicial arm of Metis Nation of British Columbia.  It derives its powers from the Senate Act and is responsible for upholding the guiding principles in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and Legislation.

The Metis Nation of British Columbia was founded on the principles of democracy meaning rule by its Metis citizens.  There are several guiding principles that act as the foundation of a democracy, such as rule of law, protected rights and freedoms, free and fair elections, and accountability and transparency of elected officials. Metis citizens have a responsibility to uphold and support these principles.

The Senate fulfills this mandate, in part, by carrying out the following duties:

  • Mediation;
  • Citizenship and Central Registry Appeals,
  • Election Appeals;
  • Regional and Community Disputes;
  • Ceremonial Activities and Exchanges;
  • Conducting Opening and Closing Prayers;
  • Directing Swearing-in Ceremonies and Oaths;
  • Displaying Metis Flags and Sashes;
  • Natural Resource Appeals; and
  • Citizenship Challenges



The initial version of the Policies and Procedures developed by the Senate was ratified in March of 2007 by the MNBC Board of Directors.  Since that time the policies and procedures (now known as Administrative Standards and Practices) have undergone revisions to reflect changes in MNBC legislation and the associated mandate and responsibilities of the Senate.

The Senate’s Policy and Administrative Standards and Practices enable the conduct of business as described within the MNBC Senate Act.



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