Campbell River, B.C. (July 20, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is pleased to announce $25,650 in funding to Region 1, MNBC’s Vancouver Island Chartered Communities.

The funding builds on MNBC’s historic $1 million investment into MNBC Chartered Communities, announced prior to the 2020 Annual General Meeting. MNBC undertook consultation with community Presidents in March to get their feedback on how the proposed 2021/22 budget addresses their communities’ priorities.

The funding is part of MNBC’s new Regional Initiatives and Innovation Grant Pilot Project. The funding encourages MNBC’s Chartered Communities to join together and access funding to stimulate innovation, create value by reducing risks and to solve issues at the regional level.

Community Capacity and Cultural Access Grant (CCCAG) that Métis Chartered Communities can use to serve the needs of their residents and support cultural activities, COVID funding from Indigenous Services Canada, Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) funding, also provided by Indigenous Services Canada, and new SITEM c skills capacity assessments funds to help Métis regions gain a better understanding of their skills inventory and the training needs for their region.

“The new Regional Initiatives and Innovation Grant Pilot Project encourages our Chartered Communities to pool resources, work together and find innovative solutions to the complex issues that our grassroots communities face,” says Patrick Harriott, Director for Region 1. “Providing more resources to our Chartered Communities is a central goal of MNBC’s Cabinet and we will continue to look at ways to provide them the funding they need.”

Region 1 will be using the funds for a grant-writing mentorship program, to learn techniques for writing successful grants. They will reach out to community members with grant writing experience as well as create a partnership program. They will create mentors so that communities will benefit from sharing grants info, brainstorming ideas and more. The mentorship will cover such aspects as finding grants, writing effective summaries/program descriptions, proper budgeting and report writing.

“North Island Métis Association (NIMA) is pleased to receive funding from MNBC for a Region 1 initiative,” says Jackie Lever, Executive Director of NIMA. “It allows our Vancouver Island Métis Chartered Communities to build capacity to provide more and better services for our community members. North Island Métis provides traditional knowledge and wellness services that allow our children, youth, adults and Elders heal and thrive as a proud nation.”