Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is pleased to announce $25,650 in funding to 5 Chartered Communities in Region 3, MNBC’s Thompson Okanagan 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 being pooled by the Salmon Arm Métis Association, Kelowna Métis Association, Two Rivers Métis Society, Vermillion Forks Métis Association, and the Nicola Valley & District Métis Society.

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.

“I hear from my Chartered Communities in Region 3 about the need for the ability to pool resources within our region,” says Dean Gladue, Director for Region 3. “The new Regional Initiatives and Innovation Grant Pilot Project encourages our Chartered Communities to pool resources and work together, something that MNBC’s Cabinet is committed to providing the opportunity for communities to achieve.”

“As part of a group of volunteers we welcome these types of supports and look forward to many more instances of further collaboration amongst ourselves at the community, regional and provincial level,” says David Allard, President of the Salmon Arm Métis Association.

“I know our Region has already come together even in deciding how these funds could be of the best benefit for us all,” says Cheryl Dodman, President of Kelowna Métis Association. “As volunteer Boards doing the Great work of MNBC in our communities this funding will help us all to build our communities and to become or better service to our Community Members.  Thanks MNBC to know that Communities need this funding to grow and thrive.”