MNBC Allegedly Taking Steps to Sell the School

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation has been calling on the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) leadership to disclose all business information regarding the Métis School that was purchased in June of 2009 in Abbotsford BC. MNBC board members, Métis community leadership supporters, and government allies have dismissed BC Métis Federation inquiries and requests since questions were raised in 2009. In a major turn of events today internal sources at the MNBC have confirmed that the MNBC board will immediately put the Métis School for sale.

BC Métis Federation suspects MNBC leaders and their consultants are contriving clever messages about how to deflect the responsibility for another failure of this latest MNBC so-called profitable enterprise. Once again BC Métis Federation is the first to inform Métis people throughout BC about this situation and we will be closely monitoring future MNBC information and communication about why this sudden fire sale of the building and land located at 30691 Simpson Road in Abbotsford, BC.

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated; “Concerned Métis people raised serious issue with the manner in which the MNBC board purchased this building and land in June of 2009. They borrowed millions and made claims about the future sustainability that MNBC has never been able to support. In 2009 many of us could not understand how the MNBC board could borrow millions without proper consultation and approval in terms of a special resolution at an MNBC Annual General Meeting. Instead of addressing our concerns respectfully the MNBC leaders and their supporters carried forward a major negative personal attack campaign. MNBC leaders and their supporters described anyone in opposition as villains, liars, etc. although many of us knew without a sound business case this purchase of land and building located at 30691 Simpson Road in Abbottsford was very risky, especially with the amount of debt financing required.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry added; “I wonder if people will remember our MNBC Debt Recovery Plan Year One that we tried to present last February 2011 at the Métis Nation Governing Assembly? Our plan made a number of practical recommendations, including the immediate need to sell the property and building at 30691 Simpson Road as we forecasted cash flow would be at a crisis level for MNBC in 2011 and have a major impact on programs and services. Instead Métis Nation Governing Assembly members heard MNBC President Bruce Dumont make a number of insinuations and claims against our efforts to assist, including another interesting claim that Prime Minister Harper’s office themselves approved $1.5 million in stimulus funding. Was this actually true and if so where are these resources?”

BC Métis Federation President Henry further added; “I look forward to MNBC providing details or an explanation about this situation. IS MNBC actually selling the land and building? Who is the real estate broker and what price? This appears to be a fire sale and I hope people remember that MNBC owes a substantial demand loan, additional line of credit, outstanding property taxes, substantial payables, increase to the organizational debt, etc. We anticipate that MNBC will be far worse off by the irresponsible leadership who has jeopardized all programming due to cash flow crisis even if the building and land sell quickly. Once the dust settles we are confident that MNBC will remain with a substantial organizational debt and nothing to show for it.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded; “Since their last AGM only in September MNBC has closed their catering company and the Métis school future is uncertain given these new revelations. I encourage people to watch the MNBC AGM utube videos where MNBC leaders and the government friends speak about the vision and how great the school was for the future of the MNBC. Not once did any of the speakers, including government friends, pause for a moment and ensure sustainability was checked first. The MNBC board should resign for allowing this situation to develop, the Royal Bank needs to be accountable for any risk assessment their staff reviewed to approve 3 million in loans to the MNBC while using program resources as collateral, and the Provincial and Federal Governments must share responsibility for blindly supporting MNBC mismanagement . Consider how the average tax paying British Columbian or Canadian would view this situation especially as we witness the strong opinions about Aboriginal communities, such as in the Attawapiskat situation, where there is a perceived inability to manage financial resources. This MNBC board’s failure and lack of full transparency are not reflective of us all but unfortunately hurt all of us when these situations arise. It will be hard for anyone to defend as the public reviews the history of how this MNBC misfortune has unfolded. I repeat we predicted this outcome in 2009 and our predictions continue to be proven time after time. Our responsible solutions have been ignored.”

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President
BC Métis Federation

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Office: 1-604-638-7220
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Email: k.henry@bcmetis.com
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12 Responses to MNBC Allegedly Taking Steps to Sell the School

  1. MNBC 2011-12 December 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Now who is going to buy a old school for 5 million dollars? Remember the taxes remain unpaid on this school and this year if not sold the city of abbotsford will sell for taxes owed. So you figure that the school will sell between now and July 2012?

    Purchasing a school with a pipe dream with no real plan or feasibility study on how to pay for it, has produced this outcome.

  2. Metis Citizen December 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Responsible … would entail consulting the communities before the decision to purchase commenced. Feasibility? Program dollars cannot be used to pay for enterprises. One blunder after another Meet-so catering, moving staff to and fro. Tax sale pending this summer. Anyone notice the last MNBC minutes was July 2011?

  3. Disillusioned Metis December 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    There goes our fee simple Metis land…

  4. Dean Lenglet December 13, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    So now MNBC is going to sell the school which should never have been bought in the first place. Is there even a market for old delapidated schools? What about all of the wasted monies spent on the “upgrades”? Where is the new location of MNBC to be? Will there even be an MNBC? What about the records? In light of all of the nonsense and ridiculously poor alleged management of the MNBC, Bruce Dumont and his merry band of “bright lights” should all resign now.These people are a joke and have continuously shown nothing but poor fiscal management and haven’t shown that they have any clue about running a business. What an embarassment for our Metis people. No wonder there is a stereotypical viewpoint out there towards aboriginal peoples.

  5. Keith Henry December 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Thank you Dean and all,

    I want to hear from all of you out there so post your comments.

    Imagine MNBC puts out a press release late last night after we inform the public. This story gets worse by the day. I want to know why their supporters refused to listen to our voice of rational business acumen from the very beginning.

    For MNBC to state last night they are now making responsible decisions is a slap in the face of Metis people who have any understanding of business. This is a yet another massive failure by this regime and look how much Metis “blood” has been spilled over this. These leaders terminated so many along the way, their own family and friends. All the while misleading the public about how great this alleged deal was in 2009.

    MNBC said emphatically that within 2 years there would nothing but financial wind falls. Nothing could be further from the truth. No today they are in a cash crisis, owe millions, and if they do not sell the school quickly, I questions how much more Metis programs they administer will be hurt. Last year they deferred 1 million and the most of this was from the employment and training dollars. Have they paid this back this year or are they hoping to buy more time and defer more?

    People lets hear your thoughts… This is very serious.

  6. Tim St. Denis December 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    The government is still reeling through damage control of the Attawapiskat embarrassment and now this! An Aboriginal cooking school for sale after only 3 months of classses and millions invested. If the BOD’s expenses are to be put under the microscope now is the time. The misappropriation of funds here is huge.

  7. Russ Roy December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Isn’t it ironic that what we (previously CCMC now BCMF) have realistically forecasted to all the Métis and Government in BC over the last two years, what would happen and what is now happening?

    Bruce Dumont and Dave Hodgeson have both stated that they will not be running in the next MNBC election, still wonder, why are they bailing?

    Maybe because their personal property mortgages are on the School mortgage and line of credit loans?

    Who will take over? And how will they? Will they accept to give over their personal property financial liability on the school mortgage and line of credit loans? Will they work without pay? and work there butts off to pick up someone else’s huge financial mess. Not Likely.

    MNBC will still have to file bankruptcy when the dust settles, and the sad part is the public and Government will throw us (BC Métis) all in the same spotlight as an irresponsible Aboriginal people that can not handle our own affairs.

    Thank you MNBC Board of Directors, too bad we couldn’t go back to the old ways of justice.

  8. Richard Lucier-larson December 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    The Laws of the Hunt:

    1. No buffalo to be run on the Sabbath Day.
    2. No party to fork off or lag, or go before, without permission.
    3. No person or party to run buffalo before the general order.
    4. Every captain, with his men, in turn to patrol camp and keep guard.
    5. For the first trespass against these laws, offender is to have his saddle and bridle cut up.
    6. For the second offence, his coat is to be taken off his back and be cut up.
    7. For the third offence, the offender is to be flogged.
    Any person convicted of theft, even to the value of a sinew, to be brought to the middle of the camp, and the crier is to call out his or her name three times, adding the word “Thief” each time.

    Now what punishment would be appropriate at this time ?

    Richard Lucier-larson
    A traditional Métis Hunter and a Proud member of the BCMF

  9. Earlene Bitterman December 14, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I think flogging would be an appropriate punishment. 🙂

  10. Harold Morin December 16, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    The sale of the MNBC school represents a “white flag of surrender”. It is an admission by
    MNBC leadership that the British Columbia Metis Federation was right all along. Since July 2009 the BCMF was fully aware that that the purchase of the school was not a wise business decision and would lead to major financial problems.

    In their wisdom (sic) MNBC leadership lied to our citizens about the purchase, the profits that would be generated, and that it was a good deal. They have finally come full circle and now find themselves in the unenviable position of being the owners of a “white elephant” that will be sold at a fire sale price.

    President Dumont and his merry Band of followers should hang their heads in shame and embarassment. They have truly acted like fools and idiots in stating over and over again that the purchase of the school was a good deal. Their theaterics at the MNGA’s and AGM’s in attempting to sell these false claims to our citizens will be remembered for years to come.

    I am hopeful that the community Presidents will finally open up their eyes and realize that they have been misled since this sad sack group of MNBC officials were elected in 2008. In one term, this group has destroyed the MNBC.

    However, I am confident that the BCMF will be the democratic voice of the Metis citizens of BC.

    The impending demise of the MNBC will ensure that the BCMF has a bright future in being the representative organization of the Metis citizens of BC.

    In summary, the MNBC will be remembered as the most corrupt organization inthe history of the Metis Nation in British Columbia.

    Good riddance MNBC. You have failed the Metis citizens of BC. That is your legacy.

  11. Richard Lucier-larson December 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    After looking at this report of the MNBC school selling, I was made aware of a North Saanich Elementary School that is now redundant .
    About 3 years ago it went through a seismic inspection and found to be unsatisfactory, it is part masonry and wood frame,
    In appearance both inside and exterior it looks fine, but after failing the first inspection a further engineering study proved that seismic upgrade to new standards was uneconomical.
    In short the cost of upgrades was more than a proper seismic built structure would cost.
    The new school has been built across the street and will be in use in January/February 2011.
    I understand lot will be probably offered for sale soon after at a cost of a unimproved lot with it’s present zoning.

    Seeing as new buildings to house or conduct business with people are subject to seismic standards, the sales of this lot and other vacant similar zoned lots should probably give an indication of what a lot in Abbotsford could be sold for.

    In the opinion of a good friend of mine in commercial real-estate, “the building is worth nothing and even has to be a considered a cost if a person considers buying the lot for a new business”

    The old School is on the corner of Resthaven Drive and McDonald Park road.

    The sale of which shall be watch with great interest.

  12. Richard Lucier-larson December 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    After looking at this report of the MNBC school selling, I was made aware of a North Saanich Elementary School that is now redundant .
    About 3 years ago it went through a seismic inspection and found to be unsatisfactory, it is part masonry and wood frame,
    In appearance both inside and exterior it looks fine, but after failing the first inspection a further engineering study proved that seismic upgrade to new standards was uneconomical.
    In short the cost of upgrades was more than a proper seismic built structure would cost.
    The new school has been built across the street and will be in use in January/February 2011.
    I understand lot will be probably offered for sale soon after at a cost of a unimproved lot with it’s present zoning.

    Seeing as new buildings to house or conduct business with people are subject to seismic standards, the sales of this lot and other vacant similar zoned lots should probably give an indication of what a lot in Abbotsford could be sold for.

    In the opinion of a good friend of mine in commercial real-estate, “the building is worth nothing and even has to be a considered a cost if a person considers buying the lot for a new business”

    The old School is on the corner of Resthaven Drive and McDonald Park road.

    The sale of which shall be watched with great interest.

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