Historic Kelly Lake Accepted as Métis Nation British Columbia’s Newest Chartered Community

Kelly Lake, BC (October 16, 2021) – At a special meeting of the Métis Nation Governing Assembly (MNGA) on September 26, the MNGA voted to accept the Métis Community Society of Kelly Lake as Métis Nation British Columbia’s (MNBC) 39th Métis Chartered Community.

MNBC represents Métis Chartered Communities in B.C. The Métis Chartered Communities are the foundation of the MNBC governance structure. Typically, a Métis Chartered Community has a Board of Directors, including a President, that is elected by the Métis Citizens residing within their catchment. Métis Chartered Communities are primarily volunteer driven. The Chartered Communities serve as a local organization for the Métis in B.C., and deliver most of the community level programs that MNBC offers both our Citizens and Métis who are not registered citizens. Métis Nation British Columbia develops and enhances opportunities for our Métis Chartered Communities and Métis people in British Columbia by providing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services.

The historical significance of Kelly Lake’s acceptance as the newest Chartered Community goes back generations. Kelly Lake has its roots with Jasper House, Lac Ste. Anne, and the larger Peace River Métis community. It was founded in 1910, by Métis from Jasper House. As a community, Kelly Lake has a history of traditional Métis entrepreneurial artisanship. Much like the historic Jasper House Metis community, many Kelly Lake continue to make annual pilgrimages to Lac Ste Anne. Historic family names include, Letendre, Gaucher, Gladue, Calliou, and Belcourt. Those that settled in Kelly Lake each claimed 160 acre plots to raise their families. Kelly Lake was abundant for hunting, fishing and trapping which was a wonderful area to raise a family.

“I am so proud of the work Curtis and the entire group in Kelly Lake have done to make this a reality,” says Paulette Flamond, MNBC Director for Region 7. “I also raise my hands to MNBC for making Kelly Lake the location of its first Citizenship recruitment drive. Getting more of our Métis communities registered for us is a vital goal of this Cabinet.”

“This milestone for Kelly Lake will benefit the people of the community through infrastructure, housing renovations and assistance with everyday living such as being provided with firewood, fuel money for doctor visits and helping with the cost of uncovered medications and food supplies,” said Curtis Belcourt, President of the Métis Community Society of Kelly Lake.

MNBC has updated its map of Métis Chartered Communities in BC to reflect the 39th addition.