Governance & Policy Committee
Daniel Fontaine works as the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Minister for Métis Nation BC. Over the course of his career he has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors as well as government.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Manitoba, Fontaine went on to complete the Media Writing and Public Relations certificate from Langara College. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for Douglas College and served on the BC College of Psychologists from 2004-2010. He also served on the Board of Directors for SafeCare BC which has a mandate to reduce workplace injuries in the long-term care sector.
Fontaine is the former weekly civic affairs columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper and political commentator on Global TV & Global BC1 news channel. He actively participated in the weekly civic affairs panel for the top-rated Bill Good Show on CKNW radio.
In 2012, Fontaine was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and moved to British Columbia in 1989.
Lissa Dawn Smith currently serves as MNBC Vice President, Minister for Métis Rights, Justice and Digital Government, and as the Senate Liaison for the Cabinet. She has previously served as Minister of Children and Families and Minister of Health.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization from the University of Victoria and a Human Service Diploma from Vancouver Island University. She developed an understanding of the complexities of intergenerational trauma after working as a social worker in First Nations communities. Smith worked for the BC Ministry of Human Resources and as alternate director for emergency social services for the City of Parksville.
Smith exercises her passion for governance and justice by siting on numerous boards and committees. In 2010, her dedication to the Aboriginal community was recognized when she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with Aboriginal veterans.
As a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Smith takes pride in her Métis family and heritage.
Dr. Kate Elliott is the elected Chairperson for the Métis Women of BC. She holds the portfolios for Women and Gender Equity and Mental Health and Addictions. Dr. Elliott was previously the Chairperson for the Métis Youth of BC provincial council and Minister for Sport.
Dr. Elliott has a degree in nursing from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Public Health and Social Policy. Dr. Elliott completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Saskatchewan with a Graduate Certificate in Global Health. Currently, she is finishing her postgraduate medical training in the Indigenous Family Medicine Program at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Elliott’s longstanding community involvement began as a community youth representative. During this role, she obtained funding and delivered and reported on youth programming in Greater Victoria. She was involved in the 4R’s youth movement and represented Métis Nation at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Dr. Elliot is an active beader and moccasin maker and hopes to continue practicing medicine on Vancouver Island.
Raynie Gervais is the elected Region 5 Director for the Métis Nation British Columbia in his second term. Gervais comes from a grassroots Métis family from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, later moving to Prince George in 1964 where he still lives today.
From 2016-2020, Gervais held the Ministry of History, Language, and Culture for MNBC and sat on the national-level Michif Language Working Group on behalf of MNBC.
Gervais is now the Minister of Elders, using the cultural attributes and training gained during his previous term. He brings knowledge in the areas of economic development gained through a Degree in Economic Development and Diploma in Entrepreneurial Business.
To round out Gervais’s role as Region 5 Director and Cabinet Minister, he also sits on four MNBC committees: The Awards and Recognition Committee, Social and Community Services Committee, Youth and Engagement Committee and the Emergency and Response Committee.
Shaughn Davoren is the newly elected Provincial Youth Chair and Minister of Youth for MNBC. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Prior to election to MNBC in 2020, Davoren was the Regional Youth Representative for the Thompson/Okanagan (Region 3) for seven years. At only 23 years old, he is the youngest minister, growing up within the Métis Nation. His passions include advocating for Aboriginal languages and mental health, particularly among men. Davoren’s goal for his term as MNBC Youth Chair and Minister is to ensure opportunities to elevate the voices of Métis Youth marginalized because of race, sexual orientation, or gender. He hopes to support the creation of an inter-connected Metis Nation by increasing engagement and knowledge of MNBC among Métis Youth. Davoren welcomes all opportunities to connect with youth and all Métis to collaborating to further the success of MNBC in the future.
Christopher Gall is the Chief Public Affairs Officer and General Legal Counsel and Métis Nation BC. Prior to becoming a barrister and solicitor he worked as a natural resources and consultation specialist and in the field of research and cartography for over a decade on a provincial, national, and international scale. His graduate research focused on documenting the history of an ancient village site by blending oral histories with archival research while working with Elders from several First Nations.
On a national scale, Christopher has worked with over 40 indigenous communities and organizations across Canada (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), providing advisory, research, technical, and training support.
Christopher has experience with indigenous issues abroad through several research projects as well as through work with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra, Australia. He was also a member of Canada’s negotiating team at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn Germany in 2019.
Patrick Harriott is currently Region 1 Regional Director, the Minister of Citizenship and Community Services and Culture, Language and Heritage, and MNBC Treasurer.
Harriott spent most of his childhood in Manitoba where he frequently hunted and picked chokecherries with his grandfather on their family’s Métis scrip lands. He moved to Victoria where his life-long love of plants and connection with nature lead to training in horticulture, after which he founded a landscaping and gardening company.
A love of Métis culture and community drew him to volunteer his time with Métis Nation Greater Victoria. He spent nine years on the Board of Directors, including four as President. Harriott helped organize two consecutive Métis rendezvous on Vancouver Island and create a Michif language program in Victoria.
John has been involved in the MNBC legislative process and internal governance policies since joining MNBC in 2019, as well as a supporting staff member for BCMANR. He holds degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Victoria, and has experience in authoring research papers, knowledge of governance and electoral systems, and drafting formal motions and bylaws. He is passionate about fairness, equality, and inclusion in governmental systems, and creating vibrant forums for citizen engagement.
Louis De Jaeger is a former restaurant owner who currently combines teaching at the University of the Fraser Valley as a professor of First Nations Studies with his work as Minister of Economic Development and Natural Resources for MNBC.
De Jaeger has a Master’s in Business and Aboriginal Leadership from Simon Fraser University and a certificate in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute. He currently serves on University of the Fraser Valley Committee on Indigenization, on the board of directors for Stó:lō Community Futures, as director for the Métis Capital Corporation of B.C. and as part of the Chilliwack Healthier Community initiative.
Previously, De Jaegar held positions as co-founder and president of the Stó:lō Business Association and on the Chilliwack Business Improvement board. He has also been involved in politics, running for Chilliwack City Council in 2018 and as Federal Liberal Candidate for Chilliwack-Hope in 2015. He is a recipient of RBC’s Entrepreneur Scholarship Award for business and holds certifications in Indigenous Historical Impact and Economic Development.
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