Métis Nation BC Annual General Meeting 2018 “A Great Time to be Métis”

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MNBC is extremely proud of the success it has achieved this past year, including a number of milestones and historic signings for the Nation. Nearly 300 Métis delegates, guests, dignitaries and friends of the Nation attended over the weekend to celebrate at the Annual General Meeting with those whose contributions made it all possible.

Among the many highlights of the AGM was the MNBC Annual Women’s Meeting that took place with nearly 40 Métis Women participants in attendance, as well as their Regional Representatives and Minister of Métis Women BC Victoria Pruden. Métis Youth British Columbia held their Annual Youth Meeting with 35 Métis Community Youth Representatives, alongside the Minister Responsible for Youth, Cassidy Caron, and the Regional Youth Representatives. Furthermore, the AYM delegation honoured Métis hero, Terry Fox, by hosting a Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 15th.

On Saturday, September 15th, the AGM opened with the Grand Entry, led by our Métis Youth Fergus Dalton (Jigger), followed by Drew Nagao and Syenna Mitchell on fiddle, the Métis Veterans Flag Party, Sergent at Arms Frazer MacDonald, and the Métis Veterans of BC.  President Clara Morin Dal-Col led the dignitaries which included the MNBC Board of Directors and National President, Clément Chartier.

Métis Youth, Syenna Mitchell, led the Assembly in the singing of the Canadian National Anthem, which was followed by the Métis Nation Anthem, and closed with Senator Philip Gladue delivering the opening prayer.

Debra Sparrow brought greetings and an inspirational message on behalf of Musqueam Nation Chief Wayne Sparrow. She noted how Aboriginal people are of one people with a common struggle and as such, we must consider one another as an extension of each other to achieving solutions. David Chartrand, Vice President of the Métis Nation, and President of the Manitoba Métis Federation, greeted the Assembly and highlighted the many exciting program and funding announcements for the Métis Nation as a whole, and MNBC.

President Morin Dal Col welcomed delegates to the 2018 AGM. She extended thanks to Senator and Elder Philip Gladue for the Opening Prayer, the corporate sponsors and government partners, and the MNBC staff for the support and hard work in the preparations and planning of the AGM.  Delegates were extended special thanks for their attendance and participation.

In President Clara Morin Dal Col’s opening address, she told delegates that “the Canada-Métis Nation Accord which was signed with the Prime Minister in April of last year has opened up doors for Ottawa that were previously closed.” The President then listed some of the funding announcements that will flow to MNBC and Métis people in British Columbia each year including at least $6.25 million for housing, $1 million for an education endowment, and several million dollars each year for early learning and child development, and health, along with improved funding for employment and training. President Morin Dal Col said, “In the case of every one of these funding agreements MNBC and Métis people in this province will hugely benefit from the new dollars flowing to us over the next five to ten years.”

The President also talked about the positive working relationship with the new provincial government noting that they have reached out to us seeking Métis input on reconciliation, poverty reduction, early learning and child care and mental health and addictions. She also mentioned the very significant commitment by the Minister of Children and Family Development to transfer jurisdiction of Métis children in care to MNBC.

President Morin Dal Col then underlined the important role that our Chartered Communities play pointing out that this year MNBC is providing more than $15,000 to each Community to help them look after capacity and needs at their level. As she pointed out, MNBC communities have never received that level of funding before. The President also announced funding will be made available to each Community for Louis Riel Day in November.

MNBC Vice President, Lissa Smith, and Region 2 Director, Gary Biggar, brought greetings, welcoming comments and special recognition to the Assembly and Dignitaries. Emcee, Jason Simmonds, followed by reading a letter of greetings from Métis Nation of Alberta’s President, Audrey Poitras, who was unable to attend.

Dave Peltier was successfully nominated to Chair this year AGM, supported by Dale Drown as Clerk and Chris Gall as Deputy Clerk.  With the voting delegation of 169 registered Métis citizens, the business of the 2018 AGM was called to order and deliberations of three (3) resolutions were presented and ratified.  These ratifications will require changes to the MNBC Governance Acts, which will be posted on the MNBC website. 

Métis National Council President, Clément Chartier, brought greetings on behalf of the Métis Nation and provided an update on the Nation’s affairs, highlighting achievements, challenges. He commended the Métis Nation BC on the work that is being done in BC through the Nation to Nation relationship with the Provincial Government and with the Government of Canada.

Saturday evening’s banquet was well attended with nearly 300 guests.  The evening began with inspirational remarks and greetings from Minister Scott Fraser on behalf of the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. MNBC honoured retired President of MIKISIW Métis Association, Bryce Mercredi, by providing the Order of the Sash for his more than 20 years of service to the community of Comox and to the Metis Nation. Métis Nation Columbia River Society was honoured with the 2018 Community Excellence Award, while the Boundary Community Métis Association (Grand Forks) and Two Rivers Métis Society (Kamloops) were given honorable mentions. The evening was alive with Performances by the Mike Sanyshyn Trio, an incredible trio that included a talented fiddler, guitarist, and recording singing artist.  

In her closing comments, MNBC President commended the communities for their work and commitments and recognized the Métis Youth, Women, Veterans, Elders and Staff for all their work and contributions to the AGM and to the nation.

The Chair adjourned the meeting early Sunday afternoon following the delegate’s decision to support the community bid to hold the 2019 AGM in Prince George. The 2019 AGM will be held on September 13, 14 and 15.  

Other Highlights:

  • MNBC President’s Address – AGM 2018
  • MNBC and Interior Health Authority second signing of the Letter of Understanding
  • Métis Veterans BC (MVBC) Annual Meeting (AVM);
  • BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) Annual Meeting;
  • Métis Reconciliation “What We Heard So Far” presentation;
  • Métis Children & Families Jurisdiction Joint Agreement presentation;
  • Mammography Mobile Screening
  • AGM Tradeshow
  • AGM Reception and Banquet

Official AGM 2018 photo album

Video gallery

Our Special Thanks!!

  • MNBC extends warm and sincere appreciation to this year’s official AGM Partners and Sponsors: Government of Canada, Province of BC, O’Brien Training, Taylor Professional Driving, Enbridge, TransCanada, LiUNA Local 1611, William Scotsman, Matterhorn, Lisa Shepherd, PIC, Métis Financial Corp of BC, Coastal Gas Link, NATS Nursery, Workforce Development Consulting, BC Hydro, Western One, Fortis BC, ITA Training Authority, Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers Canada and TECK. Thank you for your support and generosity!
  • BC Cancer Society BC, Mobile Screening;
  • Métis Veterans BC “Dumont Scouts” for their service to our Nation and AGM;

Dignitaries:

  • President Clément Chartier, Métis National Council
  • President David Chartrand, Manitoba Métis Federation and Vice President of Métis National Council
  • Debra Sparrow, Musqueam Nation
  • The Honourable Minister, Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Her Worship, Linda McPhail, Acting Mayor (City of Richmond)
  • Métis Nation BC Children and Family Delegated Service Agencies: Commitment of Transfer of Jurisdiction, for Métis Children in Care - Memorandum of Understanding
  • Interior Health Authority
  • Manning & Elliott, Professional Chartered Accountants
  • MNBC Legal Counsel, Gereluk & Lo offices

Delegation:

Captains of BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR)
Chartered Community Leaders
Métis Elders
Métis Women – BC (MWBC) Regional Representatives and Community Representatives
Métis Veterans – BC (MVBC) Regional Representatives
Métis Youth – BC (MYBC) Regional Representatives and Community Representatives

Special performances:

  • Aimee and father Phil Fauteux, AGM Social/Reception
  • Mike Sanyshyn Trio, AGM Banquet Performers

Support:

  • ASETS, Finance, Registry and all MNBC staff members for their tremendous support, and service to our citizens throughout the events;
  • Fraser Valley Printing, AGM Kits;
  • Eden Jager photo credit: framed awards;
  • Jason Simmonds, Emcee of AGM and AGM Banquet and dinner;
  • AGM Chair David Peltier, Clerk Dale Drown, Deputy Clerk Chris Gall, service to the MNBC Annual General Meeting;
  • Pacific Gateway Vancouver Airport Hotel, official AGM venue and accommodation
  • RainCoast Ventures Ltd, AGM recorder
  • MNBC Chartered Communities and Métis people and Citizens, for your continued support.

Photo credits:

MNBC Staff

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Media Contact:

Tracey Thornhill, Manager of Communications & Special Events
Métis Nation British Columbia
604-557-5851 / 1-800-940-1150

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Background:

The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, of that, nearly 18,000 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC.  The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognizes the MNBC as the official governing organization for Métis in BC.

Related:

Métis Nation BC Ministry of Health LOU Signing

Métis Children & Families Jurisdiction MOU

AGM Press Release.pdf

MNBC_IHA Press Release.pdf

Annual Reports 2018

Official AGM Partners and Sponsors 2018