MNBC and Metis Veterans BC host national Metis Veterans meeting

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Métis Nation British Columbia and Métis Veterans BC, hosted a national Métis Veterans meeting on February 20th and 21st  2018, in Richmond BC, inviting all Governing Members representatives to attend. 

MNC Minister of Veterans, David Chartrand, sent a letter of greetings, as he was unable to attend.

click photo to enlarge - L- R back: Shaughn Davoren (MYBC Youth representative), Colette  Trudeau (MNBC Director of Youth) Frazer MacDonald (MVBC Region 2 Veteran), Tanya Davoren (MNBC Director of Health) Don Langford (AVSA Edmonton Secretary/Treasurer) Dan Cardinal (MNA Minister of Veterans), Paul Pirie (MNO Métis Veterans Council), Bruce Handbridge (Bold Eagle), Dave Armitt (MVBC Chair) Earl Henderson (MVBC Region 5 Veteran) and son Jared.

Photo: L – R front: Eldon Clairmont (MVBC Region 3 Veteran), Barb Hulme (MVBC Women's Representative), Lissa Smith (MNBC Minister of Veterans and Vice President), Faith McIntyre (Veterans Affairs Canada), Eleanor Creighton (MVBC Region 1 Veteran).

National Minister Seamus O’Regan also sent heartfelt regrets by his Director of General Policy and Research / Strategic Policy and Commemoration Faith McIntyre who presented to our Veterans on the new “Pension for Life”.

Bruce Hanbridge the Bold Eagle Coordinator from 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre – CAF presented on the Bold Eagle program and the success it had experienced since it’s program began in 1990.

MNBC Director of Youth Colette Trudeau presented on the collaboration of Métis Women BC and Métis Youth BC of “Sashing Our Warriors” and provided our Veterans with the mini sash packages. The Veterans were very happy to receive and learn about this initiative.

Joint dinner, hosted by MNBC.

On day two, we were also able to host a teleconference with allowed for participation from Alex Maurice Provincial President of Saskatchewan Chapter of NAVA / Provincial Director for AVA and Brian Black Chair and Vice President of Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council.

Thompson/Okanagan Youth Representative Shaughn Davoren shared about the (Métis Youth) MY BEAD initiative of beading poppies for Veteran wreaths by providing beading kits and poppy templates to youth. He also mentioned it was inspired by MNO’s mason jar kits. All agreed any work that could happen between Veterans and Métis youth was very worthwhile.

Laurel Katernick Director of Registry at MNBC shared the work of identifying Veterans within MNBC’s Citizenship registry with verification provided though Métis Veteran BC Committee Chair and Membership Clerk Dave Armitt. MNBC currently has 60 Métis Veterans registered as Citizens of Métis Nation British Columbia.

Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright of the Artist Response Team came and made connections with Veterans as they are planning on creating a children’s song of Remembrance as part of their commitment to reconciliation.

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