Métis people acknowledge that our children are sacred gifts from our ancestors. They become our knowledge-keepers and carry our culture, language, and heritage forward for future generations. At Métis Nation British Columbia, this understanding informs our commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. We strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

Our Vision

The vision of MNBC’s Ministry of Children and Families is to promote the rights of Métis children and families and to communicate the documented historical footprint of Métis people in British Columbia.

Purpose

MNBC’s Ministry of Children and Families supports the delivery of the best services to Metis children and their families in British Columbia. With this purpose in mind, we focus on the development of a Métis specific child and family services framework. To this end we work with the Métis Commission for Children and Families of British Columbia (MCCF-BC), Métis Communities, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and Child and Family Service Agencies. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by MNBC, MCCF-BC, and MCFD and witnessed by the five Métis Child and Family Service Agencies represents our commitment to collaboration for the best outcomes for our children and families. 

Goals

  • Communicate MNBC’s role in supporting service delivery to Métis children and families.
  • Participate in the Métis, First Nations and Urban Aboriginal ECE steering committee process in order to guide the reinvestment of a five million dollar ECE/ECD funding stream.
  • Advocate on behalf of Métis Children and Families for support in child welfare, housing, family relations, and justice.
  • Develop protocols and formal relationships with various provincial government ministries, provincial organizations and entities, social service providers, and community stakeholders.

The Métis Nation British Columbia will utilize capacity funding to continue to participate fully in the Métis Child and Family working table, as well as to participate in management and administration of the four-year work plan.

  • Develop relevant communications and corporate communications changes to reflect the role of MNBC with respect to Métis children and families.
  • Work collaboratively with First Nations in regards to Métis specific Child and Family Services, through the development of protocol agreements.
  • Work collaboratively with Métis Service Providers, government stakeholders with respect to Métis service delivery and cultural and community representation.
  • Participate in the First Nations, Métis and Urban Aboriginal ECE steering committee process; guiding reinvestment of a five million dollar ECE/ECD funding stream.
  • Participate in the MCFD Strengthening Child and Youth Mental Health Services Initiative.
  • Advocate on behalf of Métis children and families in regards to child welfare, housing, family relations and justice.
  • Protocol development with various provincial government ministries, provincial organizations and entities, social service providers and community stake holders.

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