Métis Nation British Columbia Concludes Another Successful Advocacy Trip to Ottawa

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) has concluded another successful trip to Ottawa to advocate on behalf of Métis Citizens in BC. MNBC is the Métis Nation government in BC and has spent the last number of years building positive and collaborative relationships with Members of Parliament (MP), Cabinet Ministers, and Government of Canada departmental staff. 

This past week's delegation again consisted of Board of Director members and senior staff who arranged meetings with key ministers and members of parliament. During the meetings, MNBC continued to advance the cause of Métis self-governance in BC, and advocated for housing and homelessness support. 

In addition to the relationship building in the House of Commons, MNBC board members participated in the Métis National Council (MNC) Board of Governors meeting alongside Métis Nation Alberta, Métis Nation Saskatchewan, and Métis Nation Ontario. After the Board of Governors meeting a celebration for MNC’s 40th anniversary ensued highlighting the unity of the Métis Nation governments.

This delegation builds off the trip to Ottawa from a month prior when MNBC board members were involved in an unprecedented volume of meetings with key officials. The continued effort by MNBC’s board and senior leadership staff are bringing MNBC, and key issues for Métis in BC, to the forefront on Parliament Hill. 

A summary of meetings is below:

Day 1

  • MNC Board of Governors Meeting
  • Meeting with Member of Parliament for South Okanagan—West Kootenay Richard Cannings
  • Meeting with Member of Parliament for Skeena—Bulkley Valley Taylor Bachrach
  • Meeting with Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia Rob Morrison 
  • MNC 40th Anniversary Celebration

Day 2 

  • Meeting with Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen