Dr. Bonnie Henry Highlights Historic Métis Nation BC AGM (Feb. 18-20)

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Feb. 5, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), the organization representing nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, approximately one-third of the Indigenous population in B.C., will hold its Annual General Meeting February 18-20, the highlight of which will be a historic vote on self-government.

More than 21,000 Métis citizens from across B.C., including 38 Métis Chartered Communities, are eligible to attend the three-day AGM, which will be held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. To register and receive a password for the AGM, citizens are asked to please visit the AGM Ticket link. The AGM will also be streamed live on Facebook.

Opening the AGM will be The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and The Honourable Murray Rankin, B.C.’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. The highlights of the AGM will be the discussion and voting on nine resolutions focusing on issues such as Métis youth, citizenship, children in care, self-governance, Regional Governance Councils, community funding, by-elections and more.

“I look forward to our AGM and the chance to highlight the exciting year ahead for our people and our Nation,” said MNBC Acting President Lissa Smith. “While we won’t have a chance to see each other in-person, having a virtual AGM gives every citizen an expense-free opportunity to join us for lively discussion on the many issues that are priorities for our Nation, such as education, employment, skills training, health care, poverty reduction and addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The event will conclude on February 20, with a session with British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Danièle Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Indigenous Health, who will be presenting on the Métis Public Health Surveillance Program (MPHSP). Dr. Henry has been lauded globally for her work in B.C. leading the fight against COVID-19.

MNBC 2020 AGM Resolutions:

A resolution to remove “with the approval of the Provincial Youth Chairperson” from sub-article 3.9 of the MNBC Youth Act, and to more clearly define the role of the Director of Youth position.

  • Resolution 2: Citizenship Act – Children in Care (tabled from 2019 AGM)
    A resolution to amend the MNBC Citizenship Act to provide for the possibility of children coming into the care of MNBC (from the Province of B.C.) who do not have the documentation to prove Métis genealogy.
  • Resolution 3: MNGA Act Housekeeping
    A resolution to correct the acronym for the Métis Youth of British Columbia from “BCUMYC” to “MYBC” in the MGNA Act.
  • Resolution 4: Gender Neutral Legislation Housekeeping
    A resolution to change all references to the terms “He/She”, “Him/Her”, and any other gender specific pronouns in existing MNBC legislation to “they/them/their”.
  • Resolution 5: Citizenship Application Timeline
    A resolution to amend the MNBC Citizenship Act to mandate a 90-day response time for the MNBC Registrar to respond to Métis citizenship applications.
  • Resolution 6: Self-Governance Declaration
    A resolution to declare, among other things, that Métis Nation BC, the MNBC Constitution and legislative acts, and MNBC governing bodies and agencies are the recognized government and legislation of the self-governing British Columbia Métis community.
  • Resolution 7: AGM Members
    A resolution to clarify in the Bylaws of the Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia that only persons who have registered as a Métis Citizen and are registered as a MNBC Citizen are entitled to speak and be issued voting credentials at a MNBC AGM or SGM.
  • Resolution 8: Regional Governance Councils
    A resolution to amend articles of the MNBC Constitution regarding Regional Governance Councils (RGCs). This specifically relates to how often they are to meet, their duties to report back to Chartered Communities, what constitutes quorum, who may call an RGC, and who may replace a Chartered Community’s President at an RGC.
  • Resolution 9: Chartered Community Funding, MNGA, and By-elections
    A resolution to amend the MNBC Constitution, to: recognize funding limitations on MNBC operations; provide for emergency meetings of the Métis Nation Governing Assembly; and to make by-elections mandatory within 120 days of a vacancy of any elected position at the MNBC or regional level.

MNBC citizens will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly of the Cabinet during the 1st Annual MNBC Cabinet Townhall Forum being held on Friday, February 19. The event will be held on Zoom from 6:00 – 8:00 PM PST. Registration is required for the event, and questions must be sent in advance. Citizens can find more details on the registration page at this link.

Other details including financial statements, previous minutes, and technical information can be found at https://www.mnbc.ca/agm-registration-details/