Métis Nation British Columbia – New Development

The following letter was sent earlier today by the BCMF to Premier Clark and Prime Minister Harper…

Dear Premier Clark and Prime Minister Harper,

The BC Métis Federation is writing today as new developments regarding our issues about financial mismanagement by the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) change on a daily basis. The financial crisis is escalating and I bring to your attention the latest developments.

I have attached a press release issued by MNBC late last night (10:09 PM) entitled; BC Board of Directors make difficult but responsible decisions to move the Nation forward.” The MNBC press release was issued late last night we believe in response to continued pressure asserted us at the BC Métis Federation. The BC Métis Federation was contacted by internal MNBC sources yesterday and we were shocked to hear that despite the past MNBC messages about how the Métis school in Abbotsford was profitable a decision was made to sell the property.

The issue today is the fact that this is yet another major warning sign of how serious the financial situation is and there is no doubt MNBC will continue to negatively impact contracts delivered to assist Métis people in BC. We are confident that governments may be led to believe this latest move will solve this issue. However we respectfully submit that if Federal and Provincial officials had truly monitored the MNBC financial debt crisis, which we have repeatedly brought to the government’s attention, they should have realized that MNBC leaders and key staff are not honestly representing the full extent and potential consequences, even if a fire sale is completed. More specifically:

  • MNBC is facing an immediate cash flow crisis;
  • MNBC total debt and financial risk far exceeds fair market value of the school, even if MNBC was able to sell for the MNBC alleged value of $6 million;
    • Mortgage over $2 million
    • Lines of credit about $3.6 million
    • Outstanding property taxes about $250,000
    • Deferred revenue from 2010-2011 of about $1 million
    • Estimate current outstanding payables in excess of $1 million
    • Organizational debt over $2.6 million
    • No less than a total negative working capital of approximately 6 million according to the recent MNBC Financial Statements issued March 31st, 2011.
  • MNBC has not provided monthly debt reporting updated, although they committed to this in their public MNBC Debt Recovery Plan issued May 2011;
  • MNBC Debt Recovery Plan First Quarter Report released in September suggests the Métis school has made profit and will be a future way to pay their increasing debt;
  • MNBC has yet to provide a MNBC Debt Recovery Plan Second Quarter Report.
  • MNBC suspend operations of Meet so Catering Services Ltd.
  • Plus many other matters…

The MNBC Press Release appears to suggest MNBC is making tough choice and being responsible. We submit that nothing could be further from the truth. MNBC did not explain to the public about why this sudden reversal decision as MNBC has vehemently fought any such notion for years. I attached the BC Métis Federation Debt Recovery Plan Year One to showcase what we had proposed almost a year ago. Had this been implemented at that time, we believe the current MNBC cash would not be at a crisis level. Now today MNBC adopts our suggestions, pays no credit to BC Métis Federation and the real issue is the lack of transparency once more from MNBC in this new crisis.

As stated in our previous correspondence we reinforce BC Métis Federation will not stop our efforts until we know Métis programs and services for those most in need are protected.

Thank you,

Keith Henry

President
British Columbia Métis Federation

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

cc:

BCMF Board of Directors
BCMF Members
MLAs
MPs
Mary Lou Kenney, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Government of Canada
Rod Cunningham, Service Canada

Downloads:

Click here to download this letter in PDF format. Click here to download the MNBC Press Release. Click here to download the CCMC Blueprint Document February 2011.

 

12 Responses to Métis Nation British Columbia – New Development

  1. Dale December 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I would like to make the first bid on the school $1.00

    • Dale December 14, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      I also will withdraw my bid ????

  2. Richard Lucier-larson December 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    What a bid of $1.00 now that is ridiculous,
    $.99 too much .

    My bid $.01 with the proviso that I would not be liable for the bills , taxes, cleanup.
    Careful what you bid on you may get more than you counted on.

    On further reflection I withdraw my bid.

    Richard Lucier-larson

  3. Joe Desjarlais December 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Ignoring, villifying, denying and shifting blame are not responsible alternatives. MNBC is a broken service delivery agency with no plan befitting its own people, who are in fact a founding national minority in Canada, a Constitutionally recognized people.

    With their shortsighted public strategies, unilateral decisionmaking and lack of accountability to the communities and their people, the MNBC and highhanded government supporters have denied their fiduciary reponsibility to the metis public good and that of every Canadian by extension. This is unacceptable for a constitutional people who are on a path to reconciling with Canada where all can benefit. Metis crisis and alienation has been a recurring theme In Canada’s past and now is the time in BC that some real leadership action is taken that steps outside of paternalism toward more equitable, honest and just solutions and healing. The BCMF is poised for this reconciliatory role.

  4. Daryl Piper December 14, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    In September 2009 the Coalition of Concerned Metis Citizens had warned the former CEO Malonie Langthorne and the MNBC leadership that the recently purchased Metis school without proper consultation to the Metis people would lead to the financial ruin
    of the Nation and within 2 years the CCMC had sent over 80 warnings to the MNBC leadership that total financial collapse was imminent if they didn’t immediately take the proper steps to minimize their losses. The CCMC was met with opposition and was even accused by the MNBC leadership along with former CEO Langthorne of tearing down the Nation; however the MNBC leadership have been the perpetrators of the down fall of the Nation.

    I can remember the 2009 MNBC Annual General Meeting were former MNBC CEO Malonie Langthorne made a presentation and boasted that the Metis school along with the newly formed catering company referred to as Meet-so would be the Nation’s economic driver and every Metis community would reap the benefits and then former CEO Langthorne went on to tell the story of how the one day region 2 director Henry Hall had came into her office all excited and explained to her that there was a school for sale and it was an extremely good deal however they had to act quickly and within approximately 6 weeks and with the blessing of the MNBC leadership and without proper community consultation they had their school.

    The CCMC was extremely concerned and realized the future of the Nation was at stake and presented a plan at the MNBC 2010 Metis Nation Governing Assembly to save the Nation and included their blue print strategy along with a debt recovery plan and offered to assist the MNBC leadership. The CCMC’S plan was rejected and the MNBC leadership presented their own debt recovery plan that the MNBC leadership claimed would ensure the long term viability of the MNBC .

    Since then the CCMC has transitioned into the BC Metis Federation and has continued to warn the MNBC leadership along with governments and the Royal Bank of the financial collapse of the MNBC.

    The responsibility of this financial melt down is the MNBC leadership for their gross financial mismanagement along with the Federal Government, the Provincial Government, the Royal bank, and of course President Bruce Dumont for doing absolutely nothing and his inability to be a competent leader, along with Vice President Dave Hodgson who continued to deny that the MNBC was about to collapse because of their inability to control the burgeoning debt, not to mention the MNBC Treasurer Bob Trumbley who did not take the proper measures to control the debt instead he allowed the debt to increase at an alarming rate and what about Colleen Hodgson who was managing the school what did she do to increase enrolment in the school and what measures did she take to ensure the financial viability of the school. One debacle after another the closing of Meet-so catering after 3 months of operation followed by them putting up the school for sale. I demand the MNBC leadership along with Colleen Hodgson immediately resign due to incompetence, gross financial mismanagement and breaching your fiduciary duties.

    Attawapiskat is directly related to the MNBC situation and the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the treatment of our Aboriginal people across this Nation, the Federal and Provincial governments need to stop passing the buck and deal with this situation because you can no longer ignore this dirty little secret. The third world living conditions of our Nations Aboriginal people is deplorable and an embarrassment, and don’t forget Prime Minister Harper the world is watching.

  5. Tim St. Denis December 14, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Let us not forget that each of the board members has signed on to this debt. They must feel confident that the school property will sell for a tidy profit and the RBC will release them of their obligation. They may have misjudged the quick devaluation brought on by a fire sale. So far the CCMC/BCMF has been batting 1000 with their/our predictions. Before we start suggesting punishments lets wait to see what the property sells for. It could be they will have worked for nothing during their entire 4 years and then some. IMO

  6. Metis Citizen 2011 December 14, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Good now perhaps they will stop stealing education funding to pay for a school that only a few stolo first nations are using. How has this benefited our regions – NONE

  7. metis December 14, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Dont’ forget – the roller derby girls got some use out of it!!!! lol

  8. Metis Citizen 2011 December 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    What we didn’t sell enough ASS-Vertizing by the roller derby girls to pay for the school.. Preposterous! :)

  9. Richard Lucier-larson December 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Now, now, don’t blame the girls and their attempts to make money, that’s what they were there for. Now the MNBC were there because they had a grand plan to ??/? oh !! they were there for the Money too.

  10. Harold Morin December 15, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    The MNBC press release attempts to self-embelish the MNBC Board by stating that as of January 2012, no salaries will be paid to the MNBC Board. The original date was April 2012.

    Could it be the the MNBC Board was forced to move the date up to January 2012?, not because THEY WANTED TO, BUT RATHER THERE IS SIMPLY NO MONEY.

    I fully expect the MNBC to come to a crash early in the 2012 new year. I welcome the departure and resignations of the entire MNBC Board. They are truly scoundrels who had no business attempting to lead our Nation.

  11. Richard Lucier-larson December 15, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

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