The second day of the AGM opened by addressing the technical issues faced during voting on day one. DOTS, the company contracted to host and manage the voting software, assured the Chair that they had fixed the issues and voting should go much smoother today.
Quorum was met and the day’s proceedings began.
The first motion on today’s docket was to accept the minutes from the 2019 AGM. One clarification was proposed to language in the 2019 minutes, which was accepted, and the motion was carried.
The Chair then moved onto the second motion left over from last night’s session, which was a decision on the date and location of the 2021 Annual General Meeting. The dates proposed were Sept. 24-26, 2021 and the proposed location was Kelowna, as permitted by health orders. A virtual AGM held on Zoom was proposed as an alternative to in-person it is were still not allowed come the fall.
After a few questions and brief discussion, the motion was accepted.
Then came the resolutions. Resolution 1 was quickly voted on and accepted, while Resolution 2, regarding Citizenship and Children in Care, was presented and sparked a lengthy discussion regarding access to citizenship documents and the removal of citizenship once a child in care reaches age 18 and is no longer considered an adopted Métis citizen. The resolution was eventually withdrawn by the Chair, as the original mover and seconder withdrew their support.
Resolution 3 was approved without question, while Resolution 4 required some discussion and amendment around adopting gender-neutral language in MNBC legislation to bring MNBC up to speed with the language in the Truth and Reconciliation Act. After some discussion, it was ruled that all new legislation going forward will be gender neutral, using they/them/their to replace he/she/him/her.
Resolution 5, regarding citizenship application timelines, was also debated at length. Concerns were raised regarding whether a piece of legislation should state an absolute number of days for citizenship applications or whether this had more of an operational nature. CEO Daniel Fontaine raised concerns about unforeseen challenges faced by staff, systems or those applying using outside sources affecting the timeframe, seeing it as a standardized timeframe for citizenship applications but not something to have written into legislation.
A motion was put forward, stating “that the original resolution 5 to the Chief Executive Officer for advice on how concerns can be addressed and must be brough before the MNGA before further consideration.” This motion passed by an 85 percent in favour vote.
After a lunch break, the AGM reconvened, and quorum was again reached. Resolution 6, on self-government, was brought forward. Debate and discussion on Resolution 6 is continuing was not completed before the Chair had to call an end to today’s meeting due to time constraints, so final decisions will be made tomorrow.
The AGM continue at 9am tomorrow morning, kicked-off by a speech by Dr. Bonnie Henry.