Photo: Top to bottom: Victoria Pruden, Carol Paynter, Alicia Fernando, Wendy Schneider, Dawna-Lee Short, Cheryl Dodman, Lee Fraser and Nancy Larkin.
The Métis Women of British Columbia are focused on empowering Métis Women to fulfill their potentials in all aspects of their lives: physical health and well-being, cultural connection, community involvement, family well-being, education, and economic security. The Métis Women of British Columbia are entrusted to enhance and empower the rights of Métis Women and to ensure that Métis Women's voices and political representation are prioritized at the community, regional, provincial and national level.
Guiding Objectives and Principles
The Métis Women of British Columbia promote: Métis culture, language and traditions, nurturing healthy families and communities through sustaining a healthy lifestyle, respecting the diversity and uniqueness of all Métis people, honoring our elders and valuing their traditional knowledge and cultural values in managing and preserving our natural resources for future generations.
The Métis Women of British Columbia will provide, whenever possible, supportive and culturally relevant programs as identified within the Métis community. The Métis Women of British Columbia welcomes the participation and involvement of Métis Women. The Métis Women of British Columbia will strive to address issues in a manner, which reflects the changing needs of the Métis women in BC, and be aware of the diversity between these needs in urban and rural communities.
Standard Of Care
The Métis Women of British Columbia ("MWBC") upholds the MNBC Constitution and is guided by the Métis Nation British Columbia Organizational policies with respect to administrative and financial procedures. The Métis Women of British Columbia are guided by Métis traditional knowledge, cultural and family values in their activities. The Métis Women of British Columbia commit to utilizing culturally-based resolution processes for addressing conflict or inappropriate behavior.“The Métis Women of BC have an agenda of an open heart and we respect and trust in the process. We are encouraging appropriate boundaries, principles and procedures.”
Métis Women BC Annual General Meeting on September 14th, 2018
Métis women’s representatives from all over BC gathered for the MWBC Annual General Meeting in Richmond, BC on September 14th, 2018. Forty-eight women were in attendance, from 29 of the 38 chartered MNBC communities. The MWBC Provincial Chair was in attendance, as were six of the seven Regional Métis Women’s Representatives. Through a successful grant application with the Status of Women Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada a Director of Women was hired.
Topics at the AGM included lateral kindness, gender based analysis, governing structure of the MWBC and next steps for MWBC.
A World Café was completed to gather feedback from women covering eight topics - Education, Economic Development and Employment; Health and Wellness; Housing, Food Security and Poverty; Culture, Language, Heritage; Children and Families; Metis Rights, Land Use and Harvesting; MWBC & MNBC; and Women’s Safety. MWBC will be using the World Café report to fulfil the requirements of the current grants, as well as a using it as a guide for the next two funding years and into the future.
In February 2019, a Women’s Conference will be held to gather more data, and to being providing opportunities for local women’s representatives to build capacity by attending sessions based on initial feedback noted in the report created from the MWBC AGM.
Details on the February conference and a community grant opportunity from MWBC will be distributed to communities soon.