The 2021 Métis Nation Governing Assembly (MNGA) kicked off with Acting President Lissa Dawn Smith providing an opening speech that delivered an overview of MNBC’s key accomplishments over the last year and the road ahead with a renewed commitment to Chartered Communities, Elders, and Citizens across the province. Read the full summary of the speech here.
Following Acting President Smith’s speech, Dave Peltier, President of the Golden Ears Métis Society, was elected speaker for the MNGA. The agenda was adopted, along with the tabled written reports. To read those reports, click here.
CEO and Deputy Minister Daniel Fontaine marked one year at MNBC with a comprehensive overview of the state of affairs at MNBC and the roadmap ahead for the future of the Nation. To read the CEO presentation, click here.
Following the reports, the MNGA begun debating resolutions.
- The first, Natural Resources Act – Housekeeping and Updates, passed.
- The second, the Electoral Act Committee, amended and passed.
- Third resolution, MNGA Speaker, which seeks to require the MNGA Speaker to be a MNBC Citizen, passed unanimously!
- The fourth resolution, MYBC Terms of Office, had a lively debate, ultimately leading to the decision to vote and pass the motion, allowing to proceed to the AGM for youth to have a chance to debate and vote on.
- The fifth resolution of the MNGA, Senate Timelines, passed.
Following debate on the fifth resolution, MNGA delegates wished delegated Bonnie Merlo a happy birthday singing her the birthday song, and then MNGA adjourned for the day.
Day 2 of the 2021 MNGA started with the final two resolutions being debated. Since both sought to amend the MNBC Constitution, they required 75% to pass.
The first, MNBC Constitution – MNGA/AGM Timelines, sought to tighten up the constitution in response to the extraordinary consequences brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution passed.
The second, MNBC Constitution – Amending Formula, also passed.
Senator Alan Edkins closed the meeting with a prayer and the MNGA concluded.