Mètis Nation British Columbia General Election Continues to be a Bust

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Mètis Federation has continued efforts to call on the Federal and Provincial governments to take action in light of the recent handling of the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) General Election scheduled for September 15th, 2012. BC Mètis Federation has proven the manner in which the current MNBC Chief Electoral Officer was approved was illegal and the entire MNBC election will be conducted without proper legal authority. As a result BC Mètis Federation has recommended to governments through previous correspondences that action should include suspending funding to the MNBC as they are not publicly accountable and the issues of mismanagement and loss of community support for MNBC to claim they represent all Mètis people in BC is growing each day.

The BC Mètis Federation has continued to raise Métis public awareness about the MNBC mismanagement and lack of proper Métis representation due to the growing issues, the current upcoming improper MNBC General Election is just the most recent. Despite the clear undemocratic processes within MNBC the Federal and Provincial governments have continued to take the position that only the MNBC is the recognized provincial Métis organization in BC. Today we know this is not true and the MNBC General Election should provide ample evidence.

The improperly appointed MNBC Chief Electoral Officer released a listing of the MNBC General Election candidates as August 19th and here are a few highlights for the 25 positions up from elections:

1. Only three of 25 positions require a election vote
2. Of the seven MNBC geographic regions within BC, three had no one interested in running as an MNBC Regional Director. This represents almost half of the province
3. Of the 25 potential positions, 10 had no candidates. This is almost half of the positions that were available.
4. Plus much more.

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “The message is clear that Mètis people have lost confidence and interest in the MNBC and want no part of the MNBC to represent them any further. The Métis people are voting by their feet and it appears their message is clear as they are walking away from the MNBC each and every day.”
BC Mètis Federation President Henry added, “Frankly this comes as no surprise and is a direct result of MNBC mismanagement and no communications. Current MNBC President Bruce Dumont has proven he will run again despite numerous public claims he was not. He is likely still on payroll and will benefit from a wage while running his campaign. His last four years have shown he cannot build MNBC and in fact the MNBC is truly collapsing under his direction. He must be quite proud of his legacy! He showcased that no matter what the majority of Métis people think he would support his ideals rather than their views as a leader. Consider his leadership stance on behalf of MNBC to support the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project, the purchase of a school, the failed MNBC debt recovery plan, kicking out three of his board members, and so much more. His leadership has been a major reason why the MNBC today has really collapsed.”

BC Mètis Federation President Henry concluded, “Last week another Métis Chartered Community working with MNBC in Williams Lake decided they were not going to have a polling station and I am informed other community organizations are following suit. The MNBC regions of Vancouver Island, North East, and North Central Regions will not even elect an MNBC Regional Director. The MNBC provincial youth and women’s committees have no representation in over half the province. I wonder what more it will take for the Federal and Provincial governments and their departments to seriously address the years of MNBC mismanagement that caused this? I wonder when a full forensic investigation of the MNBC will take place to hold MNBC individuals responsible for years of MNBC misspending. MNBC clearly no longer represents a significant number of Métis people in BC and I question when governments will finally allow the Métis people to rebuild and better serve the communities and our people. This MNBC General Election has already failed and the three positions up for voting will have very few people interested throughout BC. The BC Mètis Federation will continue our efforts to drive a new grassroots movement to ensure the voice of all Métis people are not lost. We do not have to be victims of MNBC any further.”

For more information about the BC Mètis Federation please review our website www.bcmetis.com.

Media Inquiries:
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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13 Responses to Mètis Nation British Columbia General Election Continues to be a Bust

  1. Metis 2012 August 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Why would anyone want to run in this election and assume the responsibility for a debt ridden organization? Region 7 not approved? Looks like MNBC is missing a lot of regions.

    • Rosie August 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      there are a couple reasons a good portion of us in Terrace are refusing to vote
      1) the expiry dates on membership cards – i happen to be one of the few that doesn’t have one.
      2) the blatant way in which MNBC chose to support Enbridge and others
      3) all members should be notified directly of any upcoming election and they should be notified in writing, am i correct? .how many of you have been contacted or notified directly cause i haven’t been.
      4) MNBC’s backdoor involvement with NWBCMA and how they illegally reinstated board members who resigned in order to hinder an attempt by existing board members to have the community as a whole decide what we were going to do about MNBC and Enbridge.

      i refuse to give them back my card. They can kiss my grits,…however in saying that,..i refuse to vote for what is apparent and obvious corruption in a system that was intended to help secure futures via education, heath, youth and so on for our Metis Citizens of BC.

  2. Richard Lucier-larson August 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Tansi All;

    I predict Bruce the Almighty will win the president’s Position of the mnbc, by two votes, his and someone who strayed in off the street.

    R.I.P. mnbc

    A proud Member of the B.C.M.F.

    Richard Lucier-larson

  3. Dean Lenglet August 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Who could possibly vote in this sham of an “election”? The alleged president, Gilligan, I mean Bruce, has probably “found” enough friends to vote him in. Should this happen again, I hope his friends can live with themselves by voting in the most incompetent person the Metis have ever seen. That is however, not to exclude his merry band of butt kissers. They are just as bad and should all be ashamed of themselves for not having any moral fibre and not resigning when they knew this joker was only in it for himself. Ridiculous by any stretch to understand why any level of gov’t would even entertain this clown and his troupe.

  4. Tim St. Denis August 21, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    It is in-comprehendible that MNBC could go from a thriving organization to this sad state of affairs in 4 short years. It is even more in-comprehendible that some of those responsible for this “face plant” are hoping to turn this sad situation around if re-elected.This skeleton crew is a true representation of what is left of the pieces. They must smell a financial gain somewhere since pride in certainly not in their character.IMO

  5. Sad state August 21, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Whos to vote for…its a waste of time. Bruce drove us into debt and Ansonon figures he can march in and save the organization? If the “its a secret”school was never purchased we might be in better shape. Whos going to buy that thing with limited zoning.

  6. Metis in Limbo August 21, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Three regional Directors positions (R2, R4 & R6) acclaimed. They had only a single candidate
    No one even bothered to file a nomination in regions 1, 5. Region 7 the nomination papers were not acceptable. This does give you a feeling no one cares. I have my citizenship card and could not be bothered to vote for the president or vice president since those are the only ones you will be voting for. Acclamations do not present good leadership as we do not have a choice for who’s the best for the position. The sooner MNBC goes down the sooner we can get on with rebuilding for the people rather than those that at the MNBC trough that do nothing for our communities.

  7. s.daniels August 21, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I just can`t understand why a man like Mr. Dumont in his Metis garb AKA a wanna be Metis is still around. How much more abuse do we as Metis Citizens need to take , before we stand up and take back what is right for us.

    Anyone can put on buckskin and say HEY LOOK I`M METIS, it takes more than a pair of buckskins to run a nation. We need a a person that carries a Metis Heart for its people and Pride. I want a leader that gives not a THIEF THAT STEALS.

    The way this election is going so far is a farce, how can we as Metis stand by and watch, I implore all Metis Citizens with a cognizance, to really take note of all these candidates before you vote and say to yourselves do I really want these people to lead our NATION.

    Please remember SHEEP IN WOLF`S CLOTHING,
    They may wear buckskins and may know a few words in Micif, but are they true METIS

  8. Ken August 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Our nation is in shambles. Why would anyone put their name forward. I am amazed why the Dumont is trying again, how is he going to fix what he destroyed in 4 short years…

  9. Shirrley August 22, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    I can hear Harold Morin (RIP) saying now, “What Annette Maurice is running for vice president!pl

  10. Rose Bortolon August 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I am very disappointed to have heard that Bruce Dumont is running for re-election, as I firmly believe that he has sullied the office as president of MNBC and it has been my professional experience of working with him that he is unfit for the position. I am also concerned that Annette Maurice, whom I assisted with her election for Region 5 Director and who in turn did not fullfill her obligation to be impartial and to represent the best interests of the Metis. , is now seeking the Vice-president office. In my experience she has done very little to bring Unity and Prosperity to Metis people of her region. She has been a divisive factor in the continuing separation of Metis organizations in our region.
    Experience has shown me to be considerate of my vote and I fully support Terry Anonson in his seeking the position of President of MNBC as well Fraser MacDonald for Vice-president. I also throw my support for Donna Wright as Chairperson for the Metis Women of BC. I also would support Sherry Arko as Director in Region 3. In saying that , I feel that with the lack of suitable candidates running it is MNBC responsibility that there is a diversity of candidates being sought in all positions , in all regions.\, in order to create an effective and ethical government.

  11. Fort St. John Metis Society August 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    We have been having a great time this summer doing cultural activities with youth, elders and families.The weather has been great and so was hunting and making dry meat, jigging, story telling, listening, berry picking, watching how to make hide and listening to fiddle music of course! (no support for any of this from MNBC)
    We do not support MNBC for this very reason they do not support us in any way. They used us for many years to obtain funding. Where has it gone? We never benefited from that organization. We have more support from BC Metis Federation and First Nations people. Our Metis flag flies at all events with the First Nations. We are so proud to stand together as one. It makes us much stronger.
    There has been some gossip that our president is status? What? Is this because we feel respected by the First Nations? They accept us! We are Metis and proud to be. MNBC under the present leadership doesn’t respect anyone let alone Metis who they claim to be.
    We cannot believe the governments (Federal and Provincial) continue to support MNBC mess. The government should be held accountable too as the mess would not have happened if they had intervened when funds were misused.
    Well, back to fishing and getting a moose,!!

  12. linda caplette September 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    i am a metis that has no support or any recognition for being of metis heritage. i am not one of politics as i do not hold a high regard for any politician or any politaical mish mosh, but what i read today as i had not heard anything of any sort, due to NO! office or word being said in our community. as we have no office and we have no support group for the metis in northern b.c. terrace and prince george there is or was offices there but i could not ever find in terrace. the office that once was in prince george moved to ft st james now no longer exists. so where does a person go when they want to support the rights of the metis and have a voice to make a difference? there is nowhere close.

    If i knew what it took to be a leader i would stand up and see what i could do to make the difference that is needed and required in all communities especially the northern areas of b.c. the lack of support is riduculous. like i say how can we stand up and be a voice when there is no support to support that action? it chokes me to hear this stuff as the metis is not heard as it is and to find out that there is so much ugly happening and going on no wonder the metis people feel the way they do. our metis heritage fought to have a voice why is it that a century later we are still fighting for that right? look at the hell poundmaker, big bear went through just cause they were nice caring individuals? Look at the fight and the suffering they endured due to choices that were not in their favor of choice. how is there belief in anything when all that happens is a resolve that creates more bedlam than progression? the metis have fought and fought for the rights of being a nation that is rationed by choices of the government and political view of the political leaders that are chosen to lead. instead there is more defeat than conquer. show me the way and i will do what i can to turn it around. i love a challenge and this would be one hell of a challenge but i believe we got to start somewhere. in my history charles bremner went up against john. a. macdonald and got restitution on his furs. thanks to my gr grandpa louis caplette. charles could not read or write. louis caplette could. these men there lives were saved by poundmaker. along with a few others. I fight for what i believe in and i stand proud due to my heritage being metis. sadly i know nothing of the metis because heritage and traditions were not a teaching in my raising. i am active in our native community i can speak a little of the language but not enough to carry on a conversation but it is more than i know of cree.
    in sayng this give me a try and let’s where we can go. let’s turn around what has kept us down and find a voice to stand up bring up the voices and possibilities of the metis.
    i need direction to get to where i need to be so for all of u who want fresh blood with a spirit to stand up and clear out the old and start a new show me the way and let’s begin a new beginning! interested? i am. i got a burr and i got fire let’s turn this nation around and start a productive beginning where the voices of all are heard. i am willing are u? we got to start somewhere. so start with me and get me to that seat and let’s have all of our voices heard. we are proud to be metis let’s prove it! 🙂 🙂

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