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Métis Nation British Columbia was first incorporated in 1996 as the Métis Provincial Council of  British Columbia (MPBC). 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, Métis Youth governing committee, Métis Women’s governing committee, Métis Veterans committee and the British Columbia Métis Assembly of Natural Resources as well as an objectively verifiable provincial citizenship process and central registry.

In September of 2010, the membership of the MNBC Annual General Assembly (AGM) ratified the first Métis Veterans Act in the history of our BC Métis Nation, enacting legislation to govern Métis Veterans in BC and to establish guidelines and principals within policies and procedures of the Veterans committee.

Today, the Métis Veterans of BC consist of a Veterans Chair, Membership Clerk, Sargent at Arms, and seven (7) regional representatives.

The MVBC is represented on a political level by the Minister of Métis Veterans, Lissa Smith.

Veterans Committee

The Métis Veterans Committee will work with the MNBC Board of Directors and the Métis Nation Governance structure to support Métis veterans in British Columbia. The committee will establish a communications plan and identify the ceremonial role of Métis veterans in the Regional Governance Councils, Métis Nation Governing Assembly, MNBC Annual General Meetings, and other forums as mutually agreed with the MNBC Minister Responsible for Veterans. The committee will also work to support a uniform Métis identification process and establish representation requirements regarding Métis veterans in British Columbia.

Responsibilities

Standing Committee:

  • To identify opportunities associated for Métis veterans including public awareness, education, and Métis cultural recognition
  • To identify Métis veterans programs that can be implemented to support the work of the committee
  • To define a Métis veterans identification process
  • To support Métis veterans communications through email, MNBC website, Kiwetin Magazine, and other means as required by the committee
  • To participate in Métis Nation British Columbia governance including the role of 'Dumont Scouts' for provincial level meetings
  • To organize and assemble MNBC Flag Parties as required
  • To develop a Métis veteran's membership system and governance structure that can provide democratic representation with the MNBC seven Regions.

Métis Nation British Columbia:

  • To provide administrative and negotiating support in the development and implementation of committee work plans and budgets on an annual basis
  • Will support the facilitation of constructive Métis cultural relationships to all potential partners
  • Create linkages to the Métis community and Métis services available throughout British Columbia
  • Promote Métis veteran awareness and education
  • Invite the committee chairperson to the MNBC Board of Director meetings to update the MNBC Board of Directors with the MNBC Minister Responsible for Veterans when required.

Are you a Veteran, do you know a Veteran?

In September 2017 the Federal Government announced that Métis Veterans that served in World War 2 (WWII) may not have received a demobilization package when they returned home. The demobilization package was not offered to Indians and non-status Indians (now First Nations, Inuit and Métis Veterans), an injustice to of the service aboriginal Veterans. The Federal Government has announced that it is working on a compensation package for WWII Métis Veterans.    

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In April 2017, the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation signed a permanent bi-lateral agreement, called the Canada- Métis Nation accord. At that time President of the Métis National Council spoke about the need to address, in a timely manner, the recognition of Métis Veterans who served our great country and reconciling the longstanding grievance of the Métis Veterans in relation to their claim for compensation for Post-World war II benefits.

Several years ago, First Nations Veterans took up the cause for themselves and were successful. A group of Métis Veterans from the prairies took up the same cause but as Métis Veterans were not First Nations, their efforts did not yield positive results. With the success of the Daniels Decision, the Federal Government has now agreed that the injustice to the service of Métis Veterans from WWII, had to be righted. The Federal Government has announced that it is going to award a compensation package to WWII Métis Veterans. That said, MV-BC is looking to collect the names of those WWII Métis Veterans in British Columbia. Realizing that many of the WWII Métis Veterans may have passed on, we would still like to collect this valuable information as surviving family members of the WWII Métis Veterans may also be eligible for a compensation package due to the Métis Veterans passing. We want to do the best for our Métis Veterans, honoring their service to our country.

NEWS

Veterans Minister Lissa Smith with Veterans Barb Hulme, Eleanor and Veterans Chair Dave Armitt had the attended the Raven Program 2018 Graduation in Victoria on November 19 for the 2018 Graduating Class. There were 5 Métis grads (one from the Principality of Monaco). Métis Veterans of BC had the honour of sashing these distinguished Métis students.

Highlights: Raven Grad 2018 Album

Resources & Other Links

Métis Nation Veterans of BC Member Application

Métis Nation Veterans of BC Associate Application

MNBC Métis Veterans Act

Helpful Documents & Resource Links

Pension for life - Veterans Affairs Canada

Métis Veterans 2017: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge 1917-2017 (Video)