MNBC Supporter Rhetoric

The following is an open letter from the BCMF to all Métis people in British Columbia…

Dear Métis Communities and People throughout BC;

The BC Métis Federation will continue our efforts and commitment to ensure all Métis leadership and people throughout BC have timely and fact based information. This commitment by the BC Métis Federation is not an easy task and one that has come at great personal sacrifice and expense. This has been supported by many Métis people who realize today that the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) has misled and continue to mislead Métis people at every turn and deceived you for the past three years. We believe Métis people deserve to hear both sides of an issue and can judge how they measure this situation, that is what open governance is about as BC Métis Federation ensures that our Métis Nation is healthy one day again.

I open with this commentary in light of a recent email circulated this week by Daniel Pitman who is one of the Métis Chartered Community leaders from the South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association in Penticton given the event unfolding with the sale of the property at 30691 Simpson Road in Abbotsford announced this week by MNBC. Daniel represents his constituents in Penticton and is one of roughly 35 of the Métis Chartered Communities in the Thompson/Okanagan region. Here is the contents of dan’s recent email:

Email from Penticton Métis Community President Daniel Pitman Sent This Week

CONNECT-COOPERATE-COLLABORATE CHANGE: To make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion; to change the course of history; to change so we can learn from what we have experienced and make the adjustments necessary to improve.

The three things in life we inevitably experience are birth, death and change. We as citizens of Métis Nation BC have experienced a great number of changes notably since the 2008 AGM. Some may view for better some may view for worse depending on individual and public opinion. With change sometimes comes failure and sometimes success. However, without experiencing an attempt to change for the intent of better outcomes we would never know what could have been realized without effort. While some judge by the accomplishments that are made some judge by the intentions and effort that was put into attempting to accomplish. We are coming into the remaining months of the present elected board. What legacies will the new board have to build upon and how do we want to influence the new board for our future sustainability. We still have business to conduct and growth to experience. We have unfinished business; the Legislative Act and the Interpretation Act Committee struck in Resolution at the 2010 AGM needs to convene before the MNGA. The yet to be presented recommendations of this committee might have significant implications that could result in future drafted resolutions. We need strong economic development to support education programs and services to our Métis Children and Families. We need to support Natural Resources and the Central Registry to prove our historic footprint within BC to improve our Rights. We need to build on promoting our Métis Culture. We need to support our Youth, Women and Veterans to build infrastructure. We need to support our Senate to do the work they need to do in order for our Nation to act with integrity. Most of all we need diplomatic, democratic and directive leadership to unify our Métis Nation BC. John F. Kennedy in his inaugural speech of 1961 said: And so, my fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. So more than ever we Citizens of the Métis Nation BC need to come together before and at the MNGA to decide what we can do together to support our nation and Métis people of BC. Remember the saying like a “Phoenix rising from the ashes”.

We too shall rise and renew. In conclusion, before the emails start flying I do recognize that there are those Métis of the Métis Nation BC that from within are attempting to actively fight for change and there are those outside of the Métis Nation BC that have chosen to fight for change apart from us. There are others that want us to fail and keep us divided lets prove them wrong. We are stronger united than divided.

Proud to be Métis.
Daniel Pitman

Mr. Pitman has been a strong advocate for the MNBC and has been a major player this last year to support MNBC leaders and staff at all costs. I draw the following examples by way of background:

1. The former CCMC worked for 6 months to assist MNBC with a Blueprint Document and MNBC Debt Recovery Plan that made over 40 recommendations to implement to ensure the sustainability of the MNBC. The CCMC representatives spent hundreds of hours traveling throughout BC to hear what grassroots Métis people really felt about the situation at the MNBC and focused on 6 issues; the improper purchase of the Métis School, Métis Catering Company, role of MNBC legal counsel, etc. The CCMC strategy was to bring forward a logical plan for MNBC leaders and the rest of the Métis Nation Governing Assembly Members to approve last February. Daniel stood up at this Assembly in his role as a member with a theatric performance about how he supported a Debt Recovery Plan that was allegedly designed by MNBC consultants he barely knew. He was a strong voice against the practical and responsible approach CCMC called for on behalf of thousands of Métis people who provided input into the CCMC designed recommendations. Instead at that time Mr. Pitman emphatically stated that he trusted these people no matter what any other recommendations called for. Today that MNBC led plan is not worth the paper it is written on. The MNBC designed Debt Recovery Plan is inaccurate and the people Mr. Pitman said he trusted no matter what are no longer with MNBC.

2. In May 2011 Mr. Pitman put forward another theatric performance at a Métis Child and Family Service Forum hosted in Richmond. Mr. Pitman was suddenly invited as a guest speaker encouraged by friends at the MNBC. He once again rose to the podium, recited a definition from Webster’s dictionary and gave the impression that somehow he is the new spokesperson for the MNBC.

3. In August the BC Métis Federation forced MNBC President Bruce Dumont to release their 2010-2011 financial statements because of a visit from a Global TV news reporter. These new MNBC financial statements were incredible with and BC Métis Federation understood quite clearly why MNBC leaders did not want to release those new financial statements. Once again MNBC realized a significant increase in new debt and for the first time MNBC’s auditors stated publicly that they were not sure if MNBC could carry on business. True to form Mr. Pitman released his version of a “rescue the MNBC statement” on August 31st to protect the MNBC as follows:

a. Email from Dan Pitman, August 31, 2011

Tawnshi kiya mataen, recently my wife and I stopped by the school unannounced. We quietly went in seeking out people. We stopped in and spoke with Laurel, Tracey and Cora and shared mutual greetings. My wife was interested in the catering kitchen as she is a former owner of several restaurants. … I have explained to my wife the strife of building a nation with the internal issues that prevent us from moving forward in unity as Metis people since the AGM of 2009 in Penticton. I have spoken to you about “Character” at the MNGA in 2011. I remain committed to the objectives of our Metis Nation of British Columbia and remain confident that as a nation we must take risk is order to build capacity. Citizens spoke in past years of the debt of MNBC and fear of defaulting on numerous liabilities or projecting insolvency and this year those same fear instilling individuals are continuing to use the debt as a vehicle for structuring a new Metis British Columbia government. I ask you as individuals, have you ever risked being in debt in an attempt to secure your own financial stability i.e. a home mortgage. In the winter of 2008 I found myself scared due to my investment portfolio lessening as the markets turned south. …The reason is “faith”, I believe that my investments will recover and create financial stability for my wife and I. I believe the risk of going into mortgage debt will create more stability for us and also crate retirement opportunities to spend on. A debt recovery plan was approved at the 2011 MNGA and it has been initiated and I believe we will in future rise out of debt and create financial stability for all Metis Citizens of British Columbia. At the 2010 AGM an attempt to implement a coup was unsuccessful and on the last day their spokesperson stated “I have no intentions of wanting to bring this nation down” and yet what is that individual attempting to promote? We are heading into another AGM, we are still in debt, there remain individuals attempting to bring our nation down. We have as Metis people always faced adversity but in doing so our conviction to act with integrity, courage and confidence has and must always continue. In 2012 those same disgruntled Metis people (not all are MNBC citizens any more) will no longer have arrows to shoot at their identified targets, who will they then point to once the current executive vacate their positions? My final thought for you is the word “BULLY”- a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. There is just one exception to the definition! I for one am not smaller, weaker or will be intimidated by someone that should take a long look at their own “character”. Pishshapmishko and Meena kawapimitin Daniel Pitman proud Metis British Columbia Citizen

The issue today that BC Métis Federation hopes Métis community leaders and people will see is these deliberate attempts by MNBC board members and their devout followers, such as Mr. Pitman, who continue to mislead you. BC Métis Federation has evolved out of necessity for the future. We have been accurate in our predictions about the financial bankruptcy of the MNBC, every single one. The Métis people will not fall because a non-profit organization such as the MNBC goes bankrupt. We simply need to accept change as Mr. Pitman defines once again from the Webster’s dictionary in this latest email.

The corporation MNBC is defunct, it is unable to assist our people and MNBC created this, no one else. The leadership at MNBC, along with people like Mr. Pitman, fought against transparency and accountability at all costs to their reputations and integrity. Read Mr. Pitman’s email of August 31st carefully. None of his “faith” statements are accurate any further. Every single item is gone he wrote as believing in are gone only three months later because of the MNBC’s inability to manage; no more lentil soup, sudden sale of the building (Métis School), and the catering staff he identified have all been let go? A logical and responsible leader would hold MNBC leaders accountable. On the contrary his recent email makes a clear effort to deflect.

BC Métis Federation knows it is time to send a clear message to governments. Métis communities can by signing our Statement of Cooperation and individuals joining the BC Métis Federation as members. BC Métis Federation has six communities who have joined. We are negotiating with five others and we feel that once we have 18 the BC Métis Federation can provide governments enough evidence that the majority of Métis people want a new Provincial representative.

Carefully weigh your options community leaders and individuals, what are you really supporting when you blindly listen to rhetoric? People like Mr. Pitman are not accountants and not provided a shred of accounting evidence to support blind faith any further. MNBC is truly defunct and they are not transparent about the financial pressure today. We believe the Royal Bank has essentially taken control of the MNBC accounts and the sale of the property will not salvage the massive debt. The question is how are the programs and services protected?

It is time for change Mr. Pitman, which includes the necessity to rebuild the Nation with the BC Métis Federation. Years of paying bad debt will not assist our people.

Thank you,

Keith Henry

President
British Columbia Métis Federation

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

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14 Responses to MNBC Supporter Rhetoric

  1. Metis Citizen Reply to Dan Pitman December 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Re: Daniel Pitman Letter to Métis Communities

    As a recipient of the latest email exchange from Daniel Pitman in Penticton I feel I must comment on some of the statements within the letter. Leadership can be defined as the ability to get others to follow. Speaking from a Métis prospective it is one that must be further defined by trust, and honourable actions. A leader with vision has a clear, vivid picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. Actions speak louder than words when it comes to definition rather than simply words on a paper with no basis of past successful actions.

    I outline a few qualities that creates the leadership acumen that many aspire to achieve:

    1. Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more approachable by followers.

    We have been witness to many uncontrolled outbursts, and letters to citizens of our Métis Nation, as well as legal challenges outside of our own judicial established Senate. The very purchase of the Simpson Traditional School was surrounded by mystery and non-consultation with its membership, and as Melanie Langthorne explained, “It was a secret”. Consultation with members who comprise the nation is respectfully following established protocol in working with what is best for the Métis Nation as a whole.

    2. Openness means being able to listen to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking. Good leaders are able to suspend judgment while listening to others’ ideas, as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of. Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers, and it also keeps the team well supplied with new ideas that can further its vision.

    New ideas are not welcomed at the Métis Nation BC, and are met with silence or challenge against it by political fear mongering either by legal slap suits, or chastising emails. Is this a Nation we wish to work towards? Our ancestors would have not survived into the 21st century and maintained our distinct community if we did not adhere to a, overall sense of community and cooperative idealism. Openness with our Nation and the decisions that are made on our behalf are withheld to a degree they are announced after the decision has been made, meetings with any self professed leadership are held in secret. Why does this Nation operate under a veil of secrecy are we a secret society? When was the last time our region had a regional session-Never, when is the last time my local community held a community election and advertised it? -Never. The MNBC cannot purport to claim it represents the people until they begin to act like a government and consult its people with organized informational meetings accessible by the Métis community.

    3. Fairness means dealing with others consistently and justly. A leader must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. He or she must avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. When people feel they that are being treated fairly, they reward a leader with loyalty and dedication.

    Fairness would equate to dealing with all citizens of our Métis Nation equally, currently what I see is a Métis class system of us, and them. Government sanctioned and non-Government sanctioned. Those that are empowered by the Government of Canada act as elitists and when challenged they protect friends and families around them against those that not in the circle of power given to them by the sanctioning of the inner circle. The Government of Canada and its provincial counterparts live in ignorance and continue to support those that profess to represent our interests. Would you rather have a figure head that is Government cooperative and able to silence the Métis discord and keep the masses subdued or would the Government support a organization that challenged the status quo, communicated its intention and made the government live up to its fiduciary duty towards the Métis Citizens? It is time for the Nation to choose.

    Playing devils advocate here, the Government is promoting the discord by supplying funding to the dysfunctional group that is keeping our Nation in turmoil. If the Government of Canada examined the history record of current leadership that is suing its citizens, election misappropriation to remain as elitists, non consultation with its membership when making purchases over 10,000, the non existence of meetings and supporting particular communities over others. The MNBC purports to be the representatives of the people with no similarities to any style of community governance.

    Now I address Mr. Daniel Pitman directly. By writing eloquent words and by supporting a dysfunctional “Paper tiger” it offers no solutions besides to soften the realities that our people experience everyday in our communities.

    1. Discrimination
    2. Homelessness
    3. Unemployment

    It is even more apparent that our Nation has become divided and duly so by the very past examples, and the MNBC might of had a good chance 4 years ago before particular individuals climbed onto the ship of opportunity. Ignoring the homeland Métis who were raised and born in the province of British Columbia, rewriting our history based upon a non-Métis foundation is a recipe for disaster. BC Métis federation is our new beginning, and our positive energies will be better utilized rather than fixing one that has absorbed an aura of negative self destruction and supported by Government that has never worked towards our better interests since we left the Red River.

    Métis Citizen

  2. 2011 to a future 2012 December 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    As quoted, What you can do for your country?. My thoughts join a proactive group not supported by corruption and non-government handouts and work towards a grassroots based future.

    What courageous leader wishes to stand up and put their houses at risk due to the massive debt that this current leadership has created. Is this Daniels presidential speech?, a rat that can go down with the MNBC ship. No more attention needed on this rhetoric.

    Sure they cut their wages, and now selling assets but too late after empty promises to the people fell flat on its face.

  3. Keith Henry December 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you for the comments people.

    I also agree Mr. Pitman’s emails should read at the bottom “Remember Daniel for MNBC President in 2012.”

    Just a small issue he has not thought of. It appears the MNBC finances are truly collapsing. In order to set a date for the MNBC General Election for those remaining MNBC supporters you must have an MNGA. How will an MNGA happen if there is no money? On that note who will pay for the future MNBC election that costs about $130,000.00?

    These people really do not understand the MNBC financial issues, even after one MNBC failure after another. As I said too many of these people like Mr. Pitman who have almost no accounting experience to understand what they are reading. They supported mismanagment, lack of transparency, etc.

    To think he actually believes MNBC is the only way Metis people can work together on self governance in BC.

    I almost feel sad for these people but not really.

  4. John Morrison December 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Ignorance is bliss the saying goes, and Mr Pittman is neither a poet nor scholar, and most definitely not the next leader of the Metis people. This is about all the BC Metis people and advancing our culture and securing our children’s future within it. Keith Henry framed it perfectly, it’s almost laughable for those that refuse to see it. The MNBC Accountable Executive need to be held “accountable”, as well as all the other self entitled rats that have misappropriated monies intended to fund programs for BC Metis people. There is a future and it’s called “BC Metis Federation”, we need to unite under a true representation of who we are. Stay focused on the real issues, Mr Pittman is not one of them that’s for sure. Dawson Creek, BC

  5. Earl Belcourt December 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I’ve been involved in Metis politics for some 20 years and I’ve met all kinds of jackasses but Pitman beats them all. Not only can’t he read financials but he can’t even lie properly. He is constantly contradicting himself such as the MNBC Board has been doing for 10 years. He actually belongs on the Board. I suggest to any Metis that is interested that you should read the financials before you believe anyone and then you will make an educated decision.
    Earl Belcourt

  6. Richard Lucier-larson December 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    As to the outpouring of loyalty to the MNBC by those still supportive of the MNBC,
    Isn’t this somewhat like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

    Richard Lucier-larson

  7. Tim St. Denis December 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Let’s not forget folks, this Board was allowed to move foreword with a vote of confidence by the Presidents and were given a carte blanche to borrow whatever they wanted by the membership at the last AGM. I am totally befuddled by Daniel’s comments but have to think there are a lot of other Presidents who would still follow along blindly behind MNBC. What is it with us Metis? I know we have been persecuted throughout our history but is our self esteem really still that low?I’m just saying.

  8. Canada Metis December 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Blindly following someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about is called a fool. Either that person is just a corrupt as the person they are following or they lack the knowledge to properly examine the situation. I understand Mr. Pitman’s expertise is in foster family councillor, and offers courses in foster care which dedication is required, but he is not qualified in examining the facts of the MNBC and financial matters.

    It is just a matter of time before the wall of cards comes down, I dont suspect that the school will sell for the assessed value of 5.3 million if it does, call me a ‘monkey’s uncle’.

  9. Earlene December 16, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I listened to the Metis Matters Radio show yesterday and the BC Metis Federation Livestream today, and both were informative as to the current affairs of our Nation. As I read the above letters I wonder what is the underlying message that he is trying to relay with such blind ‘faith’. That only he would know, his thoughts are irrational when it comes to reality of ownership and the responsibility of paying taxes as so not to breach the mortgage terms. As he described his own mortgage situation, Mr. Pitman should be able to draw a correlation if he didn’t pay taxes for over two years.

    We still have business to conduct? If the information relayed is accurate from the MNBC insiders, RBC third party management will make it difficult to perform any items of MNBC’s so called governance. Banks want their funds first, then the city of abbotsford will.

    Agreed Metis Citizen, our area is also void of any meetings. Least the BC Metis Federation is putting on something in Dawson Creek, first I heard of any gathering for some time in the north. Great job, Bev!

  10. M for Metis December 16, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Everyone’s forgetting a building that hasn’t passed final building inspection. That doesn’t make it very appealing for the new buyer. If someone is going to purchase it, they will bring in a building inspector and the first thing they go for is the building permit records.

  11. Harold Morin December 16, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    The notion put forward by Daniel Pitman that the MNBC is the “way” the “truth” and the “light” falls short of being ridiculous. It is a laughable assertion that MNBC represents our Metis Nation. The Prince George Metis Association has not held one (1) community meeting over the past three (3) years. How then can MNBC claim they represent our Nation.?

    Our Regional Director has not had one (1) community meeting with our citizens? She remains elusive and has taken a “remain in hiding” approach in dealing with our citizens. The rest of the MNBC Board has also taken this approach.

    The rhetoric put forth by Daniel Pitman is consistent with the politics of the current President and Vice-President of the MNBC. Over the past three (3) years the present MNBC regime has done nothing but plunge our Nation into debt, divide our Nation, and resort to lies, half-truths, and innuendos to rationalize their behaviour. Mr. Pitman is cut from the same cloth. He has exemplified this over and over in his past speeches to our Metis citizens. His rhetoric laced e-mail is mothing more than a cheap campaign speech intended to garner support amongst our |Nation. It is that … and nothing else.

    |It is very apparent and obvious that Mr. Pitman has no knowledge of how a non-profit corporation functions, lack of knowledge from an accounting perspective, and a total ignorance and absolutely no understanding of our section 35 constitutional rights. He also puts forward a “follow me blindly” approach in defending the MNBC.

    It has become painfully obvious to many MNBC supporters that the MNBC is a dying organization that continues on a path of crash and burn. People like Daniel Pitman represent nothing more than the “rhetoric” contained in his raving lunatic e-mail.

    In closing, Mr. Pitman likes to talk TO people. I would suggest that if he was put in a situation where he had to DEBATE with our astute BCMF leadership, he would be sent home “soundly beaten” with his tail between his legs. His words lack substance, his vision is unrealistic and idealistic, and his politics can be termed as archaic and old style. He is a danger to his community, to our movement, and to our Metis ideals.

    Mr. Pitman is a part of the problem and is not a part of the solution. His rhetotic laced e-mail confirms this fact.

  12. Not wearing rose coloured glasses December 16, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    This is nothing more than Mr. Pitman’s attempt to deflect criticism not only on the MNBC Board leadership but on his own leadership. Everyone knows that change happens whether you implement the change or the situation evolves to a point where change is inevitable. A good leader recognizes when change is needed. The problem is that Mr Pitman and other Presidential sheep failed in this regard. They had more than one opportunity to implement needed changes at past AGM’s and MNGA’s and chose not to.

  13. Wendy Favel December 17, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Sorry Dan still not getting my vote

  14. Daryl Piper December 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    People like Daniel Pitman and the propaganda that he spreads are irrelevant and the MNBC dictatorship that he continues to support is completely absurd and he should be ashamed of himself and he should apologize to the Metis people for his distasteful comments and stop misleading his community.

    Daniel your surely can’t believe the rhetoric that you spew. You are doing your community a disservice and you are a failure as a leader and you should resign as President of your community and stop yourself further embarrassment.

    The political landscape of the Metis people in British Columbia has changed forever thanks to the CCMC and continuing with the BCMF. Accountability and transparency will not be just catch phrases and will be the norm. Metis people will be assured that they will have a voice and communities will come first and Metis people will be encouraged to participate and shape their future.

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