Provincial Ministry of Health Contract NOIHL245 Update

(Vancouver, BC) – BC Métis Federation continues to advocate and address policy and socio-economic issues on behalf of members and partners throughout BC. In August the Province of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Health (MoH), posted a notification that a contract was going to be awarded to the Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC and also known as Métis Nation British Columbia).

The contract was under the Province of British Columbia public posting NOIHL245 and was to provide MPCBC $200,000.00 in this fiscal year to support engagement with MoH to address policy and health programs on behalf of the Métis population in BC. BC Métis Federation issued an immediate opposition notice and submitted information to dispute the NOIHL245 because MPCBC does not speak for the programming or policy needs for members of the BC Métis Federation.

BC Métis Federation is pleased to report that the MoH has decided this week not to proceed with the NOIHL245 and has issued this response:

“After reviewing your letter, outlining your opposition to the recent NOI, we will be moving to take the services request to RFP. The Request for Proposal will be posted as soon as possible, and I will inform you when that has occurred. 

I look forward to your response. 

Be well, 

Shannon 

Dr. Shannon M. McDonald 

Executive Director – Aboriginal Health Directorate 

Ministry of Health 

PO BOX 9646 

STN PROV GOVT BC 

Victoria BC V8W 9P1” 

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “I am pleased to see the Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health officials reconsider this process. It is important that Métis policy, especially as it relates to health outcomes, work is reflective of actual needs for Métis members and communities. We have a strong team and have increased capacity to ensure policy input that will support the Province achieve better Métis health outcomes.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “This situation provides an opportunity and potentially a new relationship with the Provincial Government. Most importantly we see policy officials reviewing who actually represents Métis people effectively in BC. Organizations such as MPCBC must not be allowed to continue stating they represent all Métis in BC. BC Métis Federation has built effective communications and governance and our positive wok will ultimately make a difference for Métis people. We look forward to submitting a proposal to the Ministry of Health to ensure future health policy engagement.”

To review the BC Métis Federation opposition statement go to bhttp://bcmetis.com/2015/08/bc-metis-federation-opposition-notice-of-intent-to-contract-noi-noihl245/

For more information about the BC Métis Federation view our website at www.bcmetis.com.

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BC Métis Federation 
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3 Responses to Provincial Ministry of Health Contract NOIHL245 Update

  1. Earl Belcourt August 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    I can’t believe the BC government has finally come to thier senses. I am very pleased at thier for a change!! I usually feel the opposite to thier decisions.
    Great work you guys.

  2. Sharon Eyford August 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Thank you to BCMF for writing to the Province of BC Re: Posting the NOIHL245 that states that the MPCBC was going to be granted a source of monies.

    I agree with BCMF that MPCBC does NOT negociate terms of agreement that covers most of the Metis in BC.

    They MPCBC do not represent all Metis peoples of BC. The BCMF has a large number of Metis Members and they also need to be heard by the Provincial Gov’t as well as the Ministry of Health on all matters that pertain to the Metis Population of BC.

    This particular problem needs to be brought forward, discussed with all parties, and make sure a reasonable development is done in Cooperation for all sides. The BC Gov’t must be held responsible to negociate all terms of MOU to all parties–both BCMF and MPCBC. Let’s end this irresponsible nit-picking and come to terms with Metis Health and Welfare, must be conducted in a mature, responsible time frame and get the job done !!!!

    Weiry, devoted, proud Member of the Metis Nation of BC,who is getting tired of all the retoric !!!!

  3. Anthony Krilow – Nova Metis Heritage Association August 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    This is a very significant occurrence. It signals a potential initial shift in the provincial perspective regarding who speaks on behalf of Métis in British Columbia. The switch in path to allow for a RFP effectively acknowledges this. Once the RFP is formal, the bell cannot be un-rung and we are looking at a precedent.

    Good work President Keith Henry and BCMF BOD’s

    Anthony Krilow
    Vice-President
    Nova Métis Heritage Association

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