Statement regarding Nova Métis Heritage Association

MNBC announces the termination of the Community Governance Charter (Charter) with the Nova Métis Heritage Association (Nova).

Supporting our Chartered Communities is a priority for MNBC. Our funding streams have increased in the last few years, which has allowed us to provide greater supports to our Communities. While COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our Citizens and Communities, we have also been fortunate to be able to provide COVID-19 relief supports and programs to our Citizens, through our Chartered Communities.

Despite repeated attempts to engage with Nova’s leadership regarding these essential Citizen supports, it was unfortunate to find that their leadership was either unresponsive or unwilling to cooperate with MNBC. This inability to deliver supports and programs through willing inaction left their Citizens without support, and abandoned. Thankfully, the other Chartered Communities in the Region were able to provide supports to these Citizens, and MNBC thanks these Communities for serving our Citizens in their time of crisis.

Because of this, the Region 2 Regional Governance Council (RGC) met on October 23, 2021 to address these issues with Nova. During this meeting, the RGC unanimously voted to serve notice to Nova that the Charter with MNBC be dissolved. Per the provisions of the Charter, 120 days notice is to be provided to either party to dissolve this agreement. It was articulated to Nova that the dissolution notice would be rescinded if genuine and honest actions to rectify these issues were taken by Nova within 120 days.

To date, Nova has not demonstrated any actions to rectify these issues. Instead, Nova has decided to adopt a resolution discontinuing the Charter at their AGM on Sunday, November 28, 2021, to discontinue the Charter with MNBC. We are disappointed that attempts to reconcile these issues with Nova have not been successful, but, we wish Nova well in their future endeavours.

MNBC intends to create a new Chartered Community for the Surrey/Delta area to ensure our Citizens who live in this area have a Chartered Community to call home. Any Citizens in the Surrey/Delta area that are looking for Community supports are encouraged to contact either the Waceya Métis Society or MNBC directly.

A copy of the letter giving notice to Nova can be found here.

An open house for the new Chartered Community for the Surrey/Delta area will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 – 12:00PM-3:00 PM, at 5635 176A Street in Surrey.