MNBC Student Living Allowances Clarification

The following letter was sent to MNBC attention Bruce Dumont – President, Dave Hodson – Vice President, Bob Trumbley, Treasurer…

Dear Bruce, Dave, and Bob;

The BC Métis Federation writes today to demand your clarification to the financial situation at the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC).

I have been informed since last Friday by MNBC funded students that recent student living allowances and tuitions funded by Service Canada have not been paid or released by MNBC. Specifically there is great concern regarding much needed living allowances that these individuals depend on to pay rent, food, etc. Please explain why and perhaps indulge Métis people in BC why MNBC did not take proactive steps if there are other issues you have yet to fully disclose to the Métis public.

BC Métis Federation understands MNBC is responsible for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program funds and we also believe MNBC has already been provided an advance for the proper delivery of this program. If the funds have already been provided, and we are confident they have been, why hasn’t MNBC paid the students their approved funds?

At this point BC Métis Federation is confident that there are other financial realities forcing a breaking point, a prediction we have tried to assist MNBC resolve during the Métis Nation Governing Assembly last February. Did the MNBC bank RBC take action? What is the status of ASETS funds and are they protected?

We expect an immediate response to clarify the situation for the hundreds of students MNBC mismanagement will affect. BC Métis Federation is taking calls from families and individuals who are facing this loss of student livening allowances and the matter will be brought more clearly to governments and the media shortly.

Once again the lack of MNBC transparency and communication showcased to all Métis people in BC. If this situation is immediately resolved each of you must resign. For the good of MNBC funded students and community leaders who have blindly supported MNBC, you must explain what is exactly going on.

Thank you,

Keith Henry

British Columbia Métis Federation
Suite 300-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, V5R 5W2


BCMF Board of Directors
BCMF Members
Métis People of BC
MPs (British Columbia)
Rod Cunningham, Service Canada


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2 Responses to MNBC Student Living Allowances Clarification

  1. Harold Morin November 8, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    The most vulnerable and innocent citizens of our society are our children and our youth. When we get to the point of denying our youth their student training allowances … the MNBC has clearly crossed a line.

    Yes, the ASETS employment and training program is protected. These training allowances MUST be paid. No, there is NO protected budget to pay MNBC leadership in excess of $700.000.00 per year for their salaries. blackberrys, travel expenses and other expensive perks. The greed of MNBC leadership has come at the expense of badly needed student training allowances required by our students. Shame on MNBC leadership for taking away badly needed studsent training alowances. Obviously, they have set a new standard as tpo what level they will stoop to collect their salaries and expenses.

    In the event these student trainig allowances are not immediaetly paid, I say shame on each and every one of you.

  2. Northern Metis November 8, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    It is clear that the MNBC will leave no budget untouched to pay for their salaries and travel expenses. They are now dipping into the student training allowances ASETS budget. What kind of crazy and faqr-fetched explanation will they give to Metis citizens who are expressing outrage at the latest scandal? When will this end?

    The MNBC has attacked our elders, our children, our families, our veterans. Not to mention our elected and non-elected Metis leadership who lead out communities. They have expended much time, energy, and badly needed program funding to fight the BC Metis Federation. It is one thing to fight these political battles … and quite another to start using badly need students allowances to fund their selfish and self-serving activities.

    When will this madness stop? When will governments start listening to BCMF issues and concerns? When will MNBC local chartered Presidents listen? … When will they take action and demand the immediate resignations of MNBC leadership? The time has now come … please remove the MNBC elected officials. They have inflicted unimaginable damage and unprecedented carnage upon the MNBC like no other regime in the history of our BC Metis movement.

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