The British Columbia Metis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) is celebrating their 20th anniversary this summer! MNBC has had the privilege to work closely with BCMANR on anything related to harvesting and harvesting rights, wildlife management, conservation, and natural resources development.
There are eight volunteer, non-political, regional Captains of the hunt (Region 7 is divided into 7a and 7b) that form the Captains Assembly. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences, and connecting Youth, Elders, and others to the land. They have hosted a few Youth camps over the years, and these have been highlights for many Captains.
BCMANR is, in principle, based on the success of the Métis people in the 1700-1800s. The “Buffalo Assembly” and the “Laws of the Prairies” were established by the “community” way of life. These communal commitments ensured the survival of the Métis people during tough times. The basic principles were no “individual” way of thinking, and “that strength was generated from the collective group”. These principles were the basis of the historic Métis culture, and the present-day infrastructure and principles honours the past. BCMANR are stewards of the land and work diligently and in good faith to protect all the natural resources that Métis people have, and continue to rely on, as a way of life and cultural connection.
To celebrate, honour, and acknowledge all that they have done over the past 20 years, MNBC will be highlighting a BCMANR related post every Wednesday on social media! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to learn more about BCMANR and the Captains.