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MNBC Political Delivery of Programs and Services

Open letter to Mètis people,

I am writing today amid the ongoing and serious issues facing the delivery of programs and services for Métis people in British Columbia through the organization Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). The latest evidence we present today is undeniable proof once more how the MNBC is politicizing the delivery of programs and services which is one of the key basis for our recent human rights discrimination claims filed in January 2013.

BC Métis Federation was surprised to learn that the wife of MNBC President Bruce Dumont was recently awarded ASETS tuition and book support for a Business Administration program at Camosun College totaling $5200.00 from MNBC’s Vancouver Island office in November 2012. This is questionable on two fronts. First the ASETS program aims at providing employment and training support for Métis people and it is unclear whether Joanne is in fact Métis as per the MNBC identification process. If she is Métis then this is a relatively new revelation.

Second one must question what policies were followed to ensure no conflict of interest policies have been breached. Joanne is the wife of current MNBC President Bruce Dumont and likely has reasonable financial means. The ASETS program was designed to assist clients in need, including those with significant financial barriers. It appears quite doubtful that the needs of Joanne outweigh other Métis clients on Vancouver Island who have been denied because a lack of ASETS funds. Moreover a Business Administration program is quite general and one should further review how this is connected with actual labour market needs in Victoria. Whether Joanne’s application is valid will be open to interpretation but without the facts or full disclosure it is only fair to ask pointed questions that demand MNBC President Dumont clarifies publicly to his members.

BC Métis Federation will continue to demand action to address these situations from stopping. No one can ever say MNBC is not politically interferring in program delivery, such as the ASETS, because these actions prove otherwise, resulting in discrimination and cronyism (defined as favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office).

I conclude with a continued call to action by all Métis people in BC. You can become a BC Métis Federation member, join our facebook group, donate funds or time to support a new vision for the Métis communities throughout BC. The evidence is undeniable and I urge people to review the facts. As I always state, the choice is yours because it is your Nation.

Thank you,
Keith Henry
President

Enclosures MNBC Client Training Agreement for Business Administration Program Dated November 9th, 2012
Declaration of Métis Identity signed August 22nd, 2011

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33 Responses to MNBC Political Delivery of Programs and Services

  1. Marg Metis February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    You have no idea how upset this release makes me. My child was told that there was no more funding in October of 2012, that we would have to wait until next year. Now a wife receives Metis funding, and she is not even Metis? If that isnt using Metis Nation funding like a private club I don’t know what is.

  2. marlene Swears February 13, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    What was the presidents’s wage according to the last financials please include perks. Does anyone know?

  3. s.daniels February 13, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Ni me`ya`ten kekwry epana`tak …….. Let me translate this for you

    I SMELL SOMETHING ROTTEN …. my God can it get any worse? I have students calling BC Metis Federation office looking for help with their student loans, others that their payments are in the arrears from MNBC, schools calling looking for guidance to recover money for students from MNBC and they MR. DUMONT PRESIDENT OF MNBC makes enough money from the Metis people to support his wife. Now we are expected as Metis to ensure she has to be supported to upgrade her from being a medic to office Work. We need to give our heads a shake! As a Metis person this does not sit well with me. Our children are going to suffer from lack of compassion from greed that seems to be the main goal of MNBC. It is very obvious to me that MNBC chooses who is allowed to receive funds for Education, I guess it is not who needs it.

  4. Metis Citizen February 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    As they do not regularly publish the board of directors salaries, the last I seen was Bruce dumont was the only paid MNBC rep at the tune of 130,000.00 a year. Plus expenses.

    Although being Metis entitles you to funding, the optics of this does not present itself with honesty and tinges on abuse of funding by privilege. There is a lot of Metis people being turned away from receiving funding while a presidents wife collects ASETS funding. Double the abuse boarding on criminality if Mrs. Dumont is not Metis and signed a statutory declaration that she is.

    I call inquiry federal government.

  5. Keith February 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Thank you Marlene,

    This is difficult to ascertain according to the MNBC financial statements unless they have an actual independent audited amount.

    However, here is what the MNBC has self reported from previous years for support for Bruce:

    -In fiscal year 2008-2009 – total financial support was over $130,000
    -In fiscal year 2009-2010 – total financial support was over $138,000
    -In fiscal year 2010-2011 – total financial support was identified at $109,000.00 base salary plus travel and other benefits according to the MNBC Debt Recovery Plan released in May of 2011. MNBC did not provide an account of board expenses that we aware of for this fiscal year.

    It remains unclear what amounts were paid to Bruce in 2011-2012 but according to the MNBC financial statements Bruce appears to have been paid about $92,000.00 in wages. I would assume his cell and other benefits were all covered as well as travel.

    Clearly there is a very reasonable salary despite the continued mismanagement as the President/CEO and this further questions how his partner can be supported from the ASETS program.

    Moreover another factor is what other expenses not accounted for on the MNBC books; Metis National Council travel and honorariums, industry support, etc.

    This is very unfair considering how many Metis families are struggling and their kids (in most cases) cannot get support so late in the year. Perhaps there is some validation but I cannot see how this is fair to the community at large.

    As I wrote Marlene this is just another example of why programs should be immediately removed from MNBC management. They just cant help themselves but use for personal and political gain.

    I hope these facts assist you and others.

  6. Marg Metis February 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    That is more than enough to put yourself or your wife through training courses rather than using funding that could go to our youth/struggling adults. That declaration of Metis identity is a legal document to declare yourself eligible for funding.

    Declaration of Metis identity reads….

    This declaration is made voluntarily and in good faith, and intended solely for the purpose of determining eligibility to recieve funding from the Metis provincial council of BC through region 1 Metis employment and training.

    Given that the constitution of canada recognizes and affirms the existing treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of canada , which include Metis, Indian and Inuit peoples.

    I DO HEREBY DECLARE

    The I hold myself out to be a Metis person, distinct form Indian and Inuit people in Canada. and DO FURTHER DECLARE That I am not receiving any benefits as an aboriginal person other than as a Metis.

    If this person is NOT A METIS they should have to pay back every red cent!

    Marg

    • An Outraged Metis February 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      They should have to pay it all back with interest and apologize to all Metis for the disrespect they have shown to one and all.

  7. Robin Stevens February 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I would suggest a poll be generated on wether a class action law suit should be considered to be filed against the current board of directors and elected officials for failure to provide funding for grassroots metis in BC with programs & services which were intrusted to MNBC to deliver that funding for services. They have repeatedly suggested they represent all Metis in BC which is a slander & libel alegation (malicious and or false cliams that harms the reputation of ) ALL GRASSROOT METIS not just MNBC members but all.

    We are being made fools of and it must stop, those metis still at MNBC look at your representitives, what does it take for you to take action??? Idle no more means YOU TOO.

    When I read what was reported I was very angry, then I realized it was my fault as I sit and do nothing, are you still sitting as well?

    Lets get this off the ground

  8. Ken February 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Robin, good suggestion but you imagine the cost of a class action lawsuit? What would be the basis of a class action and what would be the outcome?

    I agree with you wholeheartedly there has been example after example given where the MNBC has stepped away from any usefulness for the grassroots Metis people, and breached the fiduciary duty to its very own citizens. ie. School purchase with out consultation, signing the enbridge deal without consultation, misuse of funding, the list goes on. I read the financial statements today and in my region they accepted funding for a project, but we never heard any representatives call meetings preforming their due diligence to inform citizens of these issues.

    This news item is just the tip of the larger iceberg.

  9. Dean Lenglet February 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I am not surprised by this revelation about Bruce’s wife. These clowns have been feeding at the trough for several years now and it makes me wonder who else got funding that was perhaps not entitled to. I asked for funding for a forklift course a couple of years ago and was denied. Some clown there said it was only for “younger” people. It would have been about $200 in total. I think that a class action lawsuit or at least a federal financial audit of all of those clowns and MNBC itself should be in order. I have been wrong to liken these yahoos to the cast of Gilligans Island. Gilligan and friends are MENSA club members compared to this sorry lot.

  10. Garry Martin,Dit Barnabe February 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    l hear everythings MNBC ABOUT MONEY AND WHY SALE METIS HOUSE FAMILY, and l live in hudson hope 30 year, now no metis house family and metis veterans no house family Why Why ?? very bad mnbc Preisdent and wife too
    ( hurts metis my family and hurts my great – uncle Lousi riel my family, no house,no job.no money for metis family and metis people ) thank you sir
    From
    Garry Martin
    BCMetis veterans
    canadian Aboriginal veterans
    Canadian Peacekeeping veterans
    from Hudson Hope,b.c.

  11. riverman February 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Gary,I have only met you a few times and have great respect for you as well Dennis and Gale,Earlene and all the other Metis in Hudson,s Hope.Plant a community garden this summer and share amongst yourselves this fall.Let the Metis people in Hudson,s do for yourselves something that you know MNBC would not be willing to help you with.Stay proud and stay strong.Show the Metis love in Hudson,s Hope………………….Ken

  12. Earlene Bitterman February 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I knew it was you riverman, say hi to your lovely wife. Thanks for writing the letter a couple of years ago, in getting a major MNBC sponsored mess straightened out. I agree it takes the community to rebuild from the ground level. No more fighting each other it only hurts our community.

    We planted a major garden last year which those dangfangled deer loved to eat, of course they went into the smoke house, garden and deer shared with those that needed it, and family. Come visit this summer I know where the elk live. 🙂

  13. Tim St. Denis February 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    I am saddened but not surprised. Only the tip of the ice berg has been exposed I am sure.

  14. Lynn Geary February 14, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    Shameful. Disgusting. Self-serving. Way beyond tacky. Bogus. Poser. Criminal.

  15. Garry Martin,Dit Barnabe February 14, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Hello Metis People

    HI Riverman you are good people metis and Here Garry Martin BCmetis Veterans my Address is
    Garry Martin
    P.O. Box 701
    Hudson Hope,B.C.
    voc-ivo
    my e-mail gmartin@pris.ca

  16. Bonnie O'Neill February 14, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    The process is most likely flawed , I really hoped that this Federation would be different . Some people cannot seem to help themselves. I had to prove I was Metis as well as sign a declaration.We need to look at how the money is awarded and why this was allowed. A leader should have no influence on these decisions so it goes much deeper then that, there are others involved,.

    • Keith February 14, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Good day Bonnie,

      Just to clarify this situation is about the delivery of this program by the “other” Metis representative organization in BC, the MNBC. You referred to the Federation so I just wanted to clarify.

      Also BC Metis Federation is confident this is systemic in MNBC. We continue to receive calls each week at our office with people frustrated about the process and this latest act of selfishness is likely only the tip of the iceberg. We are confident this MNBC club mentality is rampant throughout.

      BC Metis Federation believed education is key and Metis people can see this for what it is. We would think in the real world an independent inquiry would be held but we know like many of the other MNBC issues, this too will likely be ignored by governments.

      The most unfortunate piece for me is that I know these programs (ASETS, previously AHRDA, Regional Bilateral Agreements, Pathways, etc.) was designed to assist social assictance recipients and employment insurance clients to regain or gain meaningful employment. I have a very hard time seeing how this situation is defendable in any manner but again that is simply my opinion and those most in need continue to be told there is no MNBC ASETS funds.

      The community always loses in the end. I only hope by revealing these issues Metis people wake up, remove themselves from MNBC and find alternative ways to work with their communities for the betterment of our Metis culture.

      Thanks for the post.

      Keith Henry
      President
      BC Metis Federation

  17. Richard Lucier-larson February 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Tansi Keyawow;
    In reading all of the above, the usage of nepotism in the mnbc is not new, that and the use of turning off mikes or suing Metis who questioned the mnbc process was some of the many reasons at lot of us had lost confidence in the mnbc,

    Until the British Columbia Metis Federation came into being , our family and many others had given up hope.

    Several of my descendants, were some who were told there were no funds available in the Job training and secondary school programs for Metis.
    The clan elders directed them to other sources as scholarships and bursaries, support from our own families and the option of working part time while in school, these is still being done done today.

    Then we are made aware that Dumont’s wife has had her education cost delivered on a silver platter.
    As a result I really don’t see a time when our family will ever have any respect for Bruce Dumont.

    By the way our own family efforts gained at least 4 BSc and one masters, no thanks to the mnbc.

    Perhaps it is time to remove the mnbc as a representative of the Metis in B.C , they are now broke or worse and only holding on because a few misguided Provincial and Federal politicians use them as token aboriginals representatives or excuses for not doing their real jobs ,
    Anyone interested in a march /protest at the mnbc office ? ( if one still exists)
    Drums, Flags , signs, I am sure we can get a fairly good size contingent from Vancouver Island.
    Richard Lucier-larson
    A proud Member of the B C M F

  18. Rachele W February 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    After witnessing this document I am totally destroying my MNBC card, the dumonts have ridden on the backs of our people, political privilege. This is not the only example I am sure , family members seem to get the funding while regular Metis citizens are pushed out the door.
    Joanne Dumont you should have to pay that back so one of our Metis children can get an education .

    MNBC is having a regional session on February 23rd in parksville at the quality inn bayside resort (240 Dogwood street) at 10:00 am-4:30 pm. I think a few of us will be attending and asking some point questions as to this funding revelation. Idle No More!

    Mad on Vancouver Island

    • Keith February 15, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Thank you Rachele,

      This is an excellent option MNBC card carrying holders have on Vancouver Island. Every student and family denied funding for Vancouver Island employment and training funding should attend and demand answers from MNBC President Dumont, Joanne, and their staff.

      MNBC card carrying holders should take action because it is your organization they are ruining and have been for years hiding behind deception and deflection about the real issues. I know MNBC Executive Director Dale Drown will put on a show about how MNBC is on top of their debt, yet we now have posted how MNBC is delinquent by over $117,000 for property taxes once again for 2012 and 2013 taxes of another $106,000 are right around the corner.

      People have so many reasons to be upset and demand a real conversation but again this is up to MNBC card holders.

      I always state take the time, read the facts, and ask the direct questions. This situation only continues to show how politically motivated MNBC is and will continue to be.

      Hope you and other demand answers.

  19. Robin BCMF Member February 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Now it appears that Dumont wants to sue the messenger for telling the truth as he feels his privacy has been invaded,. Wow
    I would agree he is entitled to his privacy, but NOT when it comes to “Metis Educational Funds for the financial challenged metis grassroots people”
    It is possible even a misappropriation of funds took place which should be investigated as well as a serious conflict of interest with an “elected” official who represents a non-profit organization and the handling of funds entrusted to MNBC, It seems that when a recipient gets funded by MNBC for schooling they show boat it as soon as possible to show what a wonderful job they did.

    I wonder why this recipient was not disclosed to the MNBC card holders and general public for the funding provided like is normally done, I didn’t see this on their website like the others that were funded. I thought it was mandatory in order to get the funding that the recipient had to sign a waiver so that MNBC can publish photos and promote what a wonderful job they were doing for a registered MNBC card holder,. Probably forgot that part eh! it happens.

    Now you are going to take more funds from MNBC coffers and the financial strapped grassroots metis students to further your cause. Talk about a personal agenda

    I am truly amazed

    nough said I think

  20. Marg Metis February 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Hand in the cookie jar now they cry foul . I dare them to go to court and justify that a presidents wife is entitled the Metis funds. Exactly Robin usually students are widely published as a success with a signed waiver for publication. You imagine if she was published like the rest of the recipients good for BCMF and who ever supposedly stole this information for exposing this.

    http://www.mnbc.ca/app/webroot/uploads/Feb_15_2013_MNBC_Response_re_Client_Privacy_Rights.pdf

  21. Cindy Loo February 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Metileaks lol

  22. Ken February 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    You got to be joking. Legal threats seems to be the status quo of an organization that can’t be held accountable with public funds. The only option they have when exposed by an employee is to threaten to sue?. Well news to you Metis Nation BC you cannot even afford to pay outstanding taxes you would have to go borrow some money to launch a court case.

    It has come a time when we take back our nation from those that abuse public funds then try to hide it by making legal threats, and further use public/government money against those that expose the truth.

    Whom ever this employee is kudo’s to you for releasing this information to those that want accountability. This is only cementing for me why I joined the BC Metis federation.

  23. Lisa February 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    What happened to the employees???
    A call to the office shows that both are unavailable and cancelled appearance this weekend???????

  24. A Chap February 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    In addition to the grammar errors, It is obvious whom ever wrote this letter is not of the legal profession. The allegations of the letter published in this post illegally taken is entertaining which falls into realm of employee breach as most organizations usually sign a confidentiality agreement, as to information collection. The breach of privacy would be between the client and the MNBC itself who collected the data, and employee who obtained the document. Further more there are no personal details on this document ie. home address, drivers licence number, health insurance no, etc. to lead to the conclusion within this letter.

    My personal opinion, 1 year law student

  25. Christine G February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    They are all probably fired Lisa, cause they can’t figure out who leaked the wives funding documents. Visions of staff being lined up and interrogated are coming to mind, a strong word, ‘stolen’.

  26. s.daniels February 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Where is Mr. Dumont going to get the funds for sueing? ………. mmmmmmmm
    maybe another funding pot, we well know that he would never use his own money to sue anyone, it is just slightly over his budget, ………. thought maybe Mr. Gerluk can give him a freebie, …… ooops he also dose nothing for free

  27. Tim St. Denis February 17, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    “BCMF has now been advised that SFU and UVIC will not release approved Métis student’s certificates or report cards until the tuition’s approved by the MNBC are paid in full. BCMF has also been advised other post secondary institutions will not accept MNBC letters of approval going forward and require either the MNBC or these students to provide tuition payments in full which could pose another major barrier for those most in need, a reason the AHRDA (ASETS) was set in place originally.”

    This article was gleaned form a June 2011 posting on our BCMF website. It seems ironic that the very individual who steered MNBC into this situation has now been exposed of abuse of position. He now appears to be attempting to set up a smokescreen to bully and intimidate his way out.

    I compare this situation to the captain of the Titanic trying to use his position to commandeer a lifeboat for his family before the ship sinks. This is truly a mark of the man. IMO.

  28. Richard Lucier-larson February 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Tansi All:
    After a bit of reflection and discussion with our coffee shop crew, I asked a Parisian French friend what he thought about this display of nepotism , after a bit of thought he said ” That is regarded as a Tumbrel Moment in Paris , When asked to define a tumbrel moment, he answered:

    “Une remarque tombereau est un commentaire sans surveillance par une personne riche incontrôlable, d’insensibilité grossière telle qu’elle rend les ouvriers et les paysans pensent de lampadaires et les guillotines”

    “A tumbrel remark is an unguarded comment by an uncontrollably rich person, of such crass insensitivity that it makes the workers and peasants think of lampposts and guillotines”

    Richard Lucier-larson

  29. cheryl October 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    My Metis daughter was told to “come on in” to apply for funding for a course, but when the person doing application saw her Metis card, she was told “oh..my mistake, there is no more funding” then made a comment “where did you get that Metis card?”
    Who can I contat to file a complaint?

    • Keith Henry October 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      Thank you Cheryl,

      Please have your daughter send in a letter addressed to BC Metis Federation President Keith Henry. We need to know the office she was at, the staff member and her willingness to stand by her comment.

      This is the issue with our current Human Rights complaint and her testimony is very important.

      You can email the letter asap to President Henry at k.henry@bcmetis.com. You can also mail to our address 300-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2

      Thank you and your timely information is very important as we are preparing for trial and these situations are very important.

      We encourage others to update us as well if you have faced the same discrimination.

      Thank you

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