Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Continues to Spiral to Destruction

(Vancouver, BC) The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) consists of eleven (11) board members who manage and are responsible for the financial affairs and operations of programming contracted by MNBC to assist Métis people in BC. The majority of the MNBC funding is for employment and training activities. MNBC has remained silent and faced considerable challenges in terms of financial sustainability and proper governance representation for Métis people in British Columbia. The BC Métis Federation has evolved because of the MNBC dysfunction and called on governments and Métis people to take immediate action to force the MNBC to be fully accountable. Unfortunately to date there has been no action to properly address the MNBC growing debt and clear mismanagement of public funds. Today, and despite repeated warnings by the BC Métis Federation to governments, industry and Métis people, MNBC continues to exhibit signs of an organization that is self destructing.

Last week the BC Métis Federation reported to the Métis public about the internal letter   from one of the MNBC committees, the British Columbia Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR), who reinforced that MNBC was not properly consulting with Métis people on key projects, such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines. The BCMANR letter provided further evidence of the MNBC growing dysfunction and further proved MNBC does not represent the interests of Métis people in BC on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project. This week there are new revelations that the MNBC Executive Director Mr. Dale Drown has resigned and the Métis Skills and Employment Center (MSEC) is closing its doors. There are also rumors that one of the MNBC senior staff Mrs. Victoria Pruden has also moved on.

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “What a week of interesting events unfolding within the MNBC. The alleged closing of MSEC and resignation of their Executive Director Mr. Dale Drown are substantial. Where is the communication from MNBC? Is this true?”

President Henry added; “The BC Métis Federation is not surprised by the destructive situation. We have forecasted MNBC mismanagement will come to a head soon and when it does, the Métis people will be hurt much more than they realize. This is classic when politicians try to get in the middle of the programs and services. Where is the government oversight for the programs contracted by MNBC for Métis people as this board went millions into debt in the last four years? Do these same people not read papers such as the Harvard Project on American Indian Development? This has been touted for years as a great template for Aboriginal community economic development. One of the key recommendations in the project is to separate politics from business. This is exactly why MNBC is continuing to self destruct as the MNBC board themselves think they need to be running all MNBC operations and are by their nature making political decisions. Worse yet, the Federal and Provincial governments and industry continue to support MNBC by continuing contracts and wasting millions that were to support our Métis culture and people who face real issues while going further into debt. The MNBC board has yet to take responsibility ever for their actions.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “I hope MNBC themselves clarify the situation and what exactly is going on once and for all. One by one their MNBC staff leaves and there is no progress to support our people. This is why the BC Métis Federation must be considered a real option for all to rebuild and move our Nation forward.”

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

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7 Responses to Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Continues to Spiral to Destruction

  1. Jennifer May 24, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Well I just would like to thank all the community Presidents for supporting a lost cause MNBC. Let me know when you are done bending over…….Great job MNBC Chartered Communities.

  2. s.daniels May 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm #


    What a disaster,Where are all the Provincial and Government Funds, Are we as Metis Citizen
    suppose to sit back and watch this Board fade into the sunset, while we suffer has a Nation.

    What a way to leave your post, It`s nice to know that we as Metis will have to go back to the Government and beg for another try at this Nation and plead our case that we can better manage Government Funds under a new Leadership.

    Metis People WAKE UP, it is time for you to stand up, for what is right for your future, and the future of your children. Don`t let this Board walk away from their responsibility, make the
    accountable for their actions.

    This will go down in history as the worst Metis Leadership ever.
    future of our children

  3. April McLean-Collart May 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    It is incomprehensible to me, and to many, how Bruce Dumont has reached the chronological age of 68 and learned so little. As an elected President Mr Dumont has shown an unbelievable lack of leadership skills, and, even worse he is adamant that he does not need to change. Mr. Dumont does not recognize that a true leader listens to the people, invites input and dialogue, KEEPS HIS PROMISES, and ensures that the needs and wishes of the people are paramount.

    Mr Dumont wears expensive beaded vests and jackets, jigs at social functions and throws out a few Cree words here and there ~ and that is where his “Metis-ness” ends. Mr Dumont neither “walks the walk” nor “talks the talk” in a manner that Metis citizens can respect. Mr Dumont also does not understand or practice democratic governance. Instead, he and his
    “select” henchmen have led a board that has been handcuffed and gagged to rubber stamp approval for the wishes of a few.

    It should be noted that the recent BCMANR letter to Mr Dumont and the board is just one more example of a growing movement among the Metis people in BC demanding that the Acts, Policies and Procedures, the Metis Constitution and the Canadian Constitution be followed. The only small comfort we have is that Mr Dumon’s days as President are numbered.

    If Mr. Dumont is able to convince some of his sycophants to run for office in the upcoming election (should their be funds to hold an election) then so be it. I would hope that these individuals are aware of the issues that remain unresolved ~ the growing, insurmountable debt, the lack of accountability, transparency and communication that will be the legacy passed down to them by Mr. Dumont and his cohorts after 4 years in office.

    Regarding the Enbridge pipeline project ~ it is very clear to me and to the people in the Northwest….

    Is there an alternative to the MNBC? Yes, the BC Metis Federation. The BCMF provides a new way forward ~ moral and ethical practices, accountability and transparency, and good old “grassroots” communication. Check us and join a better governance and cultural organization.

  4. Tim St. Denis May 25, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Mr. Drown (no pun intended) was not afraid to speak the truth when he stated the MNBC .books were ” a dog’s breakfast” and that buying the school was a poor decision. He resigned and was not forced out. I do not know him but admire his frankness. To his credit he had a good look around before manning his life boat. He realized that trying to steer a sinking ship is not the answer and there were not enough buckets to bail it out. MNBC’s captain was too busy trying to manoeuvre the ships safe into a life boat to be of any help.
    The real joke here is that there are still people out there who want a crack at the bridge deck. They still think that as politicians they will have the expertise to make things right.

  5. Richard Lucier-larson May 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Tansi All;
    This sort of reminds me of a cartoon where a little man with a sign reading:

    Could this be happening outside the shuttered premises of the Metis School in Abbotsford ?

    Or would it matter as the mnbc believers still have their heads in the sand.

    I also ask whether the mnbc leadership are ready to go down with their ship ?

    Perhaps they may not have a choice.


    Richard Lucier-larson

    A proud member of the BCMF

  6. Joe D May 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    The question is whose interests are mainsteam governments promoting by propping up this Metis dictatorship until all crumbles around them, until the last possible minute. It’s certainly not the democratic engaged citizens interests. Their denial of reality amounts to supporting tyranny. It’s as if the numbers and facts leave them confused, numbed, indifferent. They have failed as leaders.

  7. BC Metis 2012 May 27, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    We all seen this coming. The resignation of the CEO is only a part of the ongoing charades.. After the board decided to buy this white elephant school, without consultation, at least this CEO seen the true reality, of the debt that school created. Mispending, shuffling the books – it is no wonder Dale Drown resigned. You would not wish to put on your future resume, a organization that has had a hand in corruption, fraud, and mismanagement. The latest MNBC announced the Equity deal, and I would surmise that Dale Drown also did not want to be on the forefront trying to convince the communities that this was a great move without asking or consulting anyone besides a few Metis that see profit.

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