Métis Governments in BC, AB, SK and ON look forward to tomorrow’s long-awaited Métis National Council General Assembly and election of new president

Surrey, BC (September 28) – Four Métis governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario look forward to the Métis National Council General Assembly to be held September 29th and 30th, 2021 in Saskatoon, SK. 

The MNC is made up of five Métis governments. Four of the five Métis governments — the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S), the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) – were forced to turn to the Courts to ensure the MNC respects its governing documents and all governing members, to seek a Board of Governors meeting, set a date for General Assembly and facilitate the overdue election of a new MNC President and return accountability to the MNC.

On September 22nd, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice affirmed the recommendations put forward by our four governments and a Métis National Council (MNC) General Assembly will be held on September 29 and 30, 2021 with the primary objective to elect a new president. 

Mr. Chartier was elected MNC President in 2017 and his three-year term expired in 2020. Supported by Manitoba Metis Federation President Mr. Chartrand, he has refused to hold an MNC Board of Governors meeting since November 2018 in violation of MNC bylaws. The MNC has not held a General Assembly since July 2018, another violation of its bylaws, which require the Board of Governors to call a General Assembly every 12-18 months.

“Our entire elected Cabinet is committed to openness and transparency of the highest standard,” says Lissa Dawn Smith, MNBC Acting President. “We look forward to putting this chapter behind us so that MNC can get working on the national stage for the interests of all the governing members. Issues of housing, childcare, health care, and economic development are vitally important and what we need to focus on, not politics. This will be a consequential meeting that will usher in a new era of transparency and accountability at the MNC.”