In support of an historic budget that includes nearly $1 million in direct funding to Métis communities, Métis Nation BC (MNBC) undertook consultation with Chartered Community Presidents on March 9 to get their feedback on how the proposed 2021/22 budget addresses their communities’ priorities. This initiative follows the budget being shared with Métis citizens prior to Cabinet approval, for the first time in the Nation’s history.

Acting President Lissa Dawn Smith and MNBC Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee Patrick Harriott were joined by CEO and Deputy Minister Daniel Fontaine and Senior Director for Finance Anna Maione in a presentation hosted virtually to Chartered Community Presidents.

“We have heard loud and clear from our communities that they need more investments in community capacity,” said Treasurer Patrick Harriott. “Our communities know their needs best and engaging them is a key commitment from the Board of Directors moving forward.”

Subject to approval by the Cabinet, each Chartered Community will be eligible for a minimum of $34,700 in funding, including $15,000 from UPIP, $12,500‐$20,000 from the CCCAG and $7,200‐$13,200 in COVID‐Wave 3 funding. Alternatively, Chartered Communities can choose to pool their CCCAG grants by region. Feedback from communities will be incorporated by MNBC staff into the proposed budget, with a final package being sent for Cabinet approval at the end of March.

“Engagement is such a critical part of building our Nation,” said Acting President Smith. “I know I speak for the entire Cabinet when I say that including our communities, citizens, and stakeholders in the development of our programs is critical to ensuring the success of our Nation.”

Over the coming year, MNBC will also work with communities to develop a robust consultation process that provides communities with more input into future annual budgets and multi-year strategic plans, starting with the 2022/23 operating budget starting next fall.

The view the draft MNBC 2021/22 budget, please visit the budget page on the MNBC website.