In the spirit of Wahkohtowin, MNBC Registry’s Renewal Project, and a commitment to providing improved customer service, Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is proud to announce two new pilot programs to assist with Metis citizenship applications. The pilot project build on MNBC’s historic $1,000,000 investment in the Registry to speed up processing times and modernize our database.
The first, a Virtual Intake Pilot Program, will see MNBC host virtual intake sessions via Zoom videoconferencing, providing accessibility for and allowing applicants to receive personal assistance. The 30-minute virtual sessions will be available from 5 – 7 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each intake session will be hosted by a member of MNBC’s central registry team and can be attended by more than one person, such as community members, caregivers, friends, or family. Reservations for the Virtual Intake Pilot Program can be made online at MNBC’s website.
The second, The Kinship Application Pilot Program (KAPP) will introduce a new queue for applicants who are related to a MNBC Citizen through their immediately family or grandparent. The program will allow for a faster approval processing time as genealogy will already have been verified for the family.
Applicants for KAPP will be required to provide their identification documents and proof of their family connection to a registered MNBC citizen that is a parent, sibling, child, or grandparent of the applicant. The new application form for KAPP can be found on MNBC’s website.
“Providing a better experience for Citizenship applications is a key component of the Wahkohtowin Registry Renewal Project,” says Patrick Harriott, MNBC Minister of Citizenship and Community Services. “Finding new and innovative ways to assist our people who are applying for Citizenship, and speeding up processing times, remains a critical goal of MNBC’s Cabinet.”
Both of MNBC’s pilot programs will be evaluated after three months and adjusted for efficiency.