BC Métis Federation Secures Future Sustainability

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation held a conference call on the evening of Friday, December 2nd. There were a number of Statement of Cooperation signatories who joined the conference call with the board and volunteer staff as BC Métis Federation continues to showcase how a Nation can operate transparent Métis governance.

BC Métis Federation made a number of exciting announcements during the call that included an open invitation to the BC Métis Federation Christmas Dinner being held December 16th in Vancouver, a new language project to support Michif language, and most importantly BC Métis Federation sustainability. BC Métis Federation has partnered in a new joint venture initiative that will provide non-government resources to support core operations for the next five years. As such BC Métis Federation will provide a Christmas donation to Statement of Cooperation communities and has scheduled the first face to face board meeting January 28th and 29th, 2012 in Vancouver.

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated; “This is an extremely exciting time for the BC Métis Federation and our board. We have called repeatedly on governments to address serious fiscal mismanagement issues created by organizations professing to represent and administer programs and services like the Métis Nation British Columbia. Governments have ignored our requests and the situation has become much worse. By stark contrast BC Métis Federation has created an economic development venture to support our core operational needs. We can say with absolutely certainty today that BC Métis Federation will remain and grow with or without government support for years to come.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry added; “We have used a portion of our economic development resources already received to provide BC Métis Federation Statement of Cooperation communities a Christmas donation. They can use these resources to assist Métis families most in need, hold a community Christmas dinner, or support other community needs as their boards decide. Our board is very proud of this accomplishment.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry further added; “The BC Métis Federation board has arranged their next board meeting for January 28th and 29th in Vancouver. We will invite the Statement of Cooperation communities to send a representative and the meeting will include seating for the public to attend. We will also broadcast the meeting live on our website so Métis people can witness the professionalism and transparency of the BC Métis Federation.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded; “For those communities and stakeholders watching events unfold in BC the evidence of good Métis governance versus incompetent Métis governance speaks for itself. MNBC leaders have been unwilling to be fully transparent and their economic development ideas fail time after time. In spite of government support of roughly $12 million each year MNBC cannot afford regional meetings and no core resources have been provided to their Métis Chartered Communities for a very long time. MNBC and their government friends preach unity and not once have the MNBC board invited BC Métis Federation board to negotiate a way forward or respond to specific inquiries. Therefore as each of you review progress of the BC Métis Federation ask yourselves to review all facts and efforts by either organization. BC Métis Federation has showcased how to rebuild responsible government that puts investment to their communities and members first and foremost. That is what Métis governments are supposed to do.”

Media Inquiries:

Keith Henry

BC Métis Federation

#300-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2

Office 1-604-638-7220
Cell 1-778-388-5013
Email k.henry@bcmetis.com
Twitter: @keithhenryMetis


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5 Responses to BC Métis Federation Secures Future Sustainability

  1. Ken Fisher-Nova Metis-Surrey December 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    The gist of this BCMF announcement is very positive and leaves many who doubted the veracity and sustainability of the BC Metis Federatiion looking on in astonishment.

    The progressive nature of this new provincial Metis organizatiion will surely leave some Metis across BC wondering if they were correct in backing the sinking ship we know as the MNBC.

    I strongly advise any of our fellow Metis to check the BC Metis Federatiuin website daily lest they be left behind in the ongoing progress of this org. Good news travels fast! Congrats! KJF

  2. Joe Desjarlais December 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    A vision for Metis self government in British Columbia through a responsible, democratic government that reflects its own history and values in Canada has been very elusive. Metis citizens see through these ongoing false populist appeals to unity and attempts to villainize engaged citizens.

    The real story behind the spin is more about power and who creates the conditions for our legitimacy. These status-quo relationships have consistently infringed on the historic relationship between the Metis and Canada and have worked in law and policy to assimilate metis.

    This is now changing for the Metis in BC. as the BCMF move forward toward a more balanced nation-to-nation relationship with each other and with other Canadians.

    This is an historic moment in British Columbia! The building blocks are now in place with this core sustainability! We will move toward structures that affirm our rights and self determination in the public sphere.

  3. Richard Lucier-larson December 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Congratulation to Keith and the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Métis Federation.
    The setting up a Métis provincial Governing Body that is self sufficient is what we have been looking for.
    Now we can go to the table with both Federal and Provincial Governments as equals.
    Now come the hard part , instilling in the grassroots Métis people that we do have power to never let the money hungry, power seeking elitist ever regain control.
    It is a distinct possibility that the Elitists will try again, 5 years, 10 years, who knows, We have to be prepared ,
    I might add that Louis Riel and his councils were not paid.
    Gabriel Dumont and the defenders of Batoche bought their own ammunition.
    Surtout Liberté

    Richard Lucier-larson
    A proud member of the B.C.M.F.

  4. E.Bitterman December 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Congratulations BCMF Leadership for the hard work on the sustainability of the BC Metis Federation. The Metis Nation BC was original intended to support its community members and assist in education, job assistance, and promote the Metis rights movement. Community and its members are the foundation of any organizations success. When a organization forgets that its grassroots citizens are the very reason they exist, that is where it runs into difficulties. Basic support for these principals does not need to come from government sources which in this announcement the BCMF is headed in the right direction to become self-sufficient. In self sufficiency and independence from the government our rights and goals for our communities are not held for ransom everytime we step out of the governments box so to speak. Recognizing the need for a firm foundation is a positive step, and congratulations BCMF!

    Earlene Bitterman
    Whitford Genealogy

  5. darylpiper December 8, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    The BCMF is a direct result of the grass roots Metis people who are tired of the colonial style of leadership that has oppressed our people and never allowed us to move forward. Over the years we have had Metis leaders that have been co-opted by mainstream governments who continue suppress our rights and freedoms. Lets not forget that in 1982 under section 35 of the Canadian constitution the Metis were recognized as a distinct society, one would have thought we were well on our way to finally establishing our rights,title and our true place in Canadian history. Perhaps a Nation within a Nation.

    It has been 29 years since the Metis people were recognized under the Canadian constitution and what has really changed. The Metis people are still face discrimination and our rights are still being denied. The Metis will never give up the struggle for our rights, freedom and true democracy.

    Thank you BCMF for allowing our people a voice, and establishing a path toward true Nationhood. Proud to be Metis.

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