Kamloops, BC – BC Métis Federation leadership is celebrating the success of the Industry Forum and Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Kamloops. The meetings were held at Hotel 540.
Approximately 110 individuals attended over the two days to participate in the governance and economic development updates. Métis people attended from Vancouver, Surrey, Prince George, Terrace, Williams, Revelstoke, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and many others. Key updates were provided with a focus on the new Métis Economic Development Corporation, Métis health, Michif Language, Canadian Human Rights Commission, National Energy Board, and cultural activities.
The meetings featured Métis cultural talent with performances by Arnold and Wayne Lucier from Williams Lake, Mustang Heart from Terrace, and Métis fiddlers Rene Therrien and JJ Lavallee. Métis youth Rowan and Quinn Pickering demonstrated Métis jigging throughout the event. David Doyle provided the key note presentation at lunch during the Annual General Meeting about his ongoing work to exonerate Louis Riel by July 1st, 2017.
Other key partners attended and set up cultural displays including the Michif Historical and Cultural Preservation Society and North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Center.
Several sponsors attended including TransCanada, DOMCOR, Kinder Morgan Canada, and Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated, “Our team did an amazing job. The meetings were very well attended and there was so much optimism. The energy was incredible and our leadership can see the growing support from grassroots Métis people. We set objectives and we’re proud to execute and share insight into our 2014-2015 activities. This included our audited financial statements, investments and progress with our new economic development company, etc. Our members and partners communities see a strong self sufficient future with the BC Métis Federation.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “Thank you to our BC Métis Federation team starting with Sherry Daniels from our office, Derrick Whiteskycloud, Ken Fisher, Norm Eyford, Shauna Benson, Rene Therrien, JJ Lavallee, Baillie Redfern, Joe Desjarlais, and Betty Fisher. Thank you to the Métis performers for the contributions to feature our culture and ensure fun. Thank you to corporate sponsors and partners who sat in and learned together about our organization and plans for the future. Thank you to our partner Métis communities who brought members to participate. Thank you to the Métis Economic Development Corporation board members for sharing their perspectives and plans for the future. Finally a special thank you to our grassroots members as so many showed up and paid their own expenses to attend and participate. That was authentic Métis self governance in action. Our future is very bright!” BC Métis Federation has posted a number of pictures and videos from the weekend meetings on the BC Métis Federation Facebook page so be sure to view https://www.facebook.com/BCMetis?fref=ts.
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