B.C. Métis leader receives highest national recognition for work advancing Métis Nation

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For Immediate Release

Surrey, BC (October 30, 2019) – Métis Nation B.C. (MNBC) President Clara Morin Dal Col has been awarded the Métis National Council “Order of the Métis Nation” by Métis National Council President Clément Chartier.

The prestigious Order of the Métis Nation is bestowed upon individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the rights and aspirations of the Métis Nation, politically, culturally or through other forms of advocacy. President Morin Dal Col was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the promotion of Métis Nation rights and governance.

“As I have always been kischee tey mo’ yawn aen li Michif wi’yawn (proud to be Métis), receiving the Order of Métis Nation is deeply touching,” says MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col. “I thank the Métis National Council and all those who I have worked alongside over the years. It is my honour to advocate on behalf of the Métis Nation.”

President Morin Dal Col has worked at the provincial and national levels. She is the first woman in the history of MNBC to hold the office of President and has served as national Métis Minister for Health and national Métis Minister for Culture, Heritage & Families. In the latter role, she oversaw implementation of Bill C-91 – An Act respecting Indigenous Languages, by the Métis Nation and continues collaboration in support of the implementation of Bill C-92 – An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families. 

About MNBC

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in BC.  To date, nearly 20,000 Métis Citizens are provincially registered with MNBC. The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognize Métis Nation British Columbia as the Governing Nation for Métis in BC.

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Order of the Métis Nation presented to Clara Morin Dal Col –  Oct 23, 2019

For leadership and dedication in the promotion of Métis Nation rights and governance:

  • As the national Métis Minister for Health, she has worked closely with federal ministers of Health to raise awareness of the health needs of Métis people and to secure funding for health research over an initial five year period. At the same time, Minister Morin Dal Col in meetings with federal Ministers and the Prime Minister has been making the case for long-term funding for Métis people for non-insured health benefits. She has also raised the awareness of Métis health issues at federal/provincial/territorial ministers of health meetings. Under her watch as Métis Minister for Health, a new tobacco reduction strategy is being developed, and she has also reached out to the head of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to encourage more research attention to the health needs of Métis people.
  • As the national Métis Minister for Culture, Heritage & Families, she chairs the Métis Nation Committee on Children and Families which is focused on the work required to reduce the number of Métis children and youth in the care of public governments and to ultimately transfer jurisdiction for Métis children from the provinces to the Métis Nation. Through her personal style, Minister Morin Dal Cal has built strong working relationships with federal ministers, and it is through those relationships, plus working closely with Métis National Council President Clément Chartier and Métis National Council Vice President David Chartrand that she is playing an important role in the Métis Nation’s implementation of Bill C-92 – An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families. As a mother and grandmother, Clara knows how important it is for our Métis children to be with their families or extended families and to be part of our Métis Nation.
  • As the national Métis Minister for Culture, Heritage & Families, she is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of Bill C-91 – An Act respecting Indigenous Languages by the Métis Nation. Following meetings with federal government Ministers and other Indigenous leaders at the national level, Minister Morin Dal Col was very proud to see the introduction and passage of the bill in the House of Commons earlier this year. Our Michif language is a core part of the history and culture of the Métis Nation, and through this legislation and the large amount of funding that will come with it, Minister Morin Dal Col is of the strong belief that it will help ensure our future generations will see the day when Michif will flourish and no longer be endangered.
  • As President of Métis Nation British Columbia and the first woman to hold the position in its 23-year history, Clara Morin Dal Col chairs the MNBC Board of Directors as it carries out in its work on behalf of all Métis people in British Columbia. As President, she is also a member of the Métis National Council Board of Governors and a member of the Planning and Priorities Committee. In her roles, she is a signatory to numerous federal and provincial government agreements on behalf of Métis people.