Learn More about the senate

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.

Contact the Senate Clerk

Mailing Address

Attn: Senate Clerk
Unit #107 – 5668 192nd Street
Surrey, BC
V3S 2V7

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 – Senate Vacancy

Please view the Expression of Interest for Region 2 Senator for more information.


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



Senator Vacancy – Call for Expression of Interest

There is currently a vacancy for a Lower Mainland Senate Representative.  Please view the Expression of Interest for Region 2 Senator for more information.


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


Historical Backgrounder

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 have undergone revisions to reflect changes in MNBC legislation and the associated mandate and responsibilities of the Senate.

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


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