Acting President Lissa Dawn Smith kicked off the 2021 Métis Nation Governing Assembly (MNGA) with an opening speech that touched on key accomplishments at Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) over the last year and announced new commitments to MNBC Chartered Communities, Elders, and citizens across BC.
In her speech, Acting President Smith announced a new $500,000, six-month Elders Health Benefit pilot project. While still in the early phases of development, the program will allow low-income senior citizens that currently access old-age security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, to utilize funds for the purchase of items like dentures, hearing aids, walkers, and glasses. The program will be launched later this year, with more details to come.
Acting President Smith also renewed the commitment from the Board of Directors to engage Chartered Communities in program development and consultation on a more regular basis. Engagement on the development of MNBC Métis centres will commence later this month, with regional consultation sessions held on May 19, 20, and 26. Registration details will be sent to community presidents. There was also the exciting announcement that MNBC will be developing a Chartered Community Portal to allow for streamlined communication and resource access for communities.
MNBC is also announcing the creation of a soon-to-be-named training institute that will offer greater access to Métis-centric training and education opportunities and the opportunity for Métis to train side-by-side with fellow Métis learning the skills and receiving the education that would like to sustainable success for them and their families. The first location will be at MNBC’s new Surrey Headquarters, with more locations to be announced in the future.
Finally, it was announced that the MNBC Board of Directors will be holding their second Cabinet Townhall on June 30. The townhall will once again utilize Pidgeon Hole for a live question and answers session, with registration open later this month.
To read the full speech, click here.