Metis Nation British Columbia Launches Inaugural Awards Ceremony to Celebrate Exemplary Metis Citizens, Communities and Organizations

Surrey, BC (December 15, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural MNBC Awards & Recognition Ceremony, to be held in Victoria on May 4, 2022. The ceremony will bring together community leaders, Members of the Legislative Assembly, Métis Citizens, and MNBC’s Cabinet. 

There are five new awards and one existing award that Citizens can nominate an individual, group or community for: the Order of the Sash, Citizen of the Year, Spirit, Culture Champion, Good Samaritan and a special COVID-19 Award. 

The Order of the Sash, an existing MNBC award and highest honour the Nation gives, recognizes outstanding contribution, selfless commitment, and service to the Métis Nation. Past winners of the award include Jack Poole, Terry Fox (posthumously), and Senator Gerry St. Germain. 

The Citizen of the Year Award is given to an MNBC citizen who is recognized for exemplary work in their local communities for the betterment of Métis people and enriches their Chartered Community with passion and determination.

The Spirit Award celebrates an individual, group, or organization who demonstrates a determined spirit to inspire their community.  The recipient has gone over and above to positively inspire and impact an individual or group.  

The MNBC Culture Champion Award is presented to an MNBC citizen who exemplifies and promotes Métis culture in their day-to-day lives. The recipient values the roots and history that have shaped Métis people.

The Pishkaymitook (Caring) Award honours an MNBC citizen who has demonstrated commitment to caring. The recipient will be known for their compassion while putting their heart and soul into taking care of other individuals, animals, or the environment, whether in a formal or informal caregiving role.

Finally, there is a temporary Special COVID-19 Support (Wiichihew) Award for an MNBC citizen who has gone above and beyond to help an individual or their Chartered Community during the pandemic. This award recipient will be acknowledged for their contribution to supporting people through COVID relief efforts or the betterment of their Chartered Community. 

“It is so vital and important to our culture to honour our own,” says Louis De Jaeger MNBC Acting Vice-President. “This inaugural ceremony recognizing exemplary people who embody all parts of our culture and acknowledge that are contributing to raising our Nation to new heights.” 

Award recipients will be invited to the Awards ceremony in May with travel and accommodation provided by MNBC. For more information on how to nominate, please visit here. The deadline to nominate is February 28, 2022.