Happy New Year

The following letter was sent earlier today from the BC Métis Federation to Métis Communities and People throughout BC…

Dear Métis Communities and People throughout BC;

The BC Métis Federation is wishing Métis people, their families and community board members a happy new year as we enter 2012.

There is no question that the Métis people are seeking a new style of Métis leadership as we head into 2012. I can say this with absolute confidence today as more and more Métis people are signing up for BC Métis Federation membership and organizations are recognizing the legitimate representative role of the BC Métis Federation in the areas of children and families services, justice, etc. Given the BC Métis Federation’s track record of success in our inaugural year, I am confident this trend will continue in 2012 and beyond.

Despite the success of the BC Métis Federation, make no mistake that 2011 was another challenging year for Métis people in BC. Consider another year that showcased the lengths organizations such as the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) will go to manipulate their citizens. There are many examples to illistrate MNBC’s deception; the sudden sale of the property (Métis School owned by MNBC) located at 30691 Simpson Road in Abbotsford, the failed MNBC debt recovery plan, closure of Meet-so Catering Services Ltd, further MNBC financial debt, plus so much more.

The fact is in life, Métis or not, that until people admit mistakes or failures and take responsibility there is nothing you or I can or could have done to support MNBC. In this situation MNBC has made the same errors over and over, never learning from mistakes or taking responsibility. MNBC board members are not truthful about the issues the BC Métis Federation has called them to task for and this lack of public transparency will secure the full demise of the MNBC.

It is on this aspect that I call to each of you as you read this New Year’s note. The BC Métis Federation understands many of you or torn between loyalty to the MNBC and the challenges MNBC confronts today. I urge each of you to remember that our Métis people are not characteristic of a non-profit dysfunctional organization such as the MNBC. Remember MNBC is legally defined in their bylaws and constitution as 11 board members only. Therefore they are legally responsible to pay the millions in debt and solve their self created challenges. I am confident that only then will the 11 MNBC board members realize the gravity of their failures.

I submit that the rest of our Métis people need to start rebuilding through values of supporting our Métis culture and needs of our families first and foremost. Your communities and families need us to move forward now, not wait for the next MNBC self professed solution scheme. We need to come together and show true Métis leadership. Great leaders are defined by their abilities to make difficult but necessary decisions about their future. Your families, communities, and survival of our culture demand this more than ever before.

I can assure Métis people throughout BC that the BC Métis Federation has significant information to carry forward our momentum throughout 2012. We ask each of you during this New Year’s reflection to make your resolution a commitment to move forward with the BC Métis Federation.


Keith Henry


BC Métis Federation

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


BCMF Board of Directors
BCMF Members


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2 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. Richard Lucier-larson December 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    A Happy New Year , Bon Annee too all in the Métis Nation:
    I believe Keith has already said it very well, and that we welcome others to help in rebuilding the Métis Nation:/
    This year or years will be difficult but not impossible. in my opinion one of our biggest tasks is the re-enforce the idea that the grassroots Métis have the power to dictate what we want as a B.C. governing body .
    It is time to decide if we want a responsible elected body where we can all be treated with respect , and also working for all of us instead of a money/power hungry elite .
    Lets insure that any moneys provided for the Youth, Veterans, culture and job training go to what they were intended for.
    There are several of us working to establish a Métis cultural event this coming year, a sort of a resurrection of Red River West, Some of the details will be released in early spring,
    anyone interested in volunteering to help please contact myself or others on the BCMF B.O.D.. I might add we will all be unpaid.the only paid attendees will be performers, musicians and those giving classes in historic skills.
    Richard Lucier-larson

  2. Ken Fisher January 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Greetings and Happy New Year from the City of Surrey and the Nova Metis Heritage Association. We’ve been incorporated under that name since 2003. We rose from the ashes of the now defunct United Heritage Metis Association after their Board cleaned out the bank accounts and resigned never to be heard from since. So we know about mis-management and corruption and what it can do to undermine the Metis movement in BC.

    Now we have the MNBC – Board of Directors, (people that we voted for to get them elected in 2008) running up huge debts without fear of the consequences, and the legacy of their poor decisions will be paid for by the youth and others who didn’t get the tuition funding to complete their education that makes for a better job with better pay and a higher standard of living. No way to improve their skills w/o needed training but MNBC has seconded much of their funding to try and save their sinking ship. It’s a damn shame. To be continued . . . . .

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