Métis Nation British Columbia Incompetence Devastates Families

(Vancouver, BC) – BC Métis Federation is issuing another statement today regarding one of the latest situations regarding Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and the financial administration of their programs and services. MNBC continues to administer the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) on behalf of the Métis people in British Columbia despite years of concerns brought forward through evidence to the Federal Government and this department of Service Canada. 

This past week community member Don Krilow reached out to seek assistance on behalf of his son Paul Krilow, who was approved for funding. Paul Krilow, who suffers from social anxiety disorder, was counting on applying for student loans and getting the federal dependant disability amount as Mr. Krilow senior is disabled.

According to Mr. Krilow, Métis training “dropped the ball” and did not do the required tasks on time so his son’s courses were all cancelled. In addition, Mr. Krilow stated that “our youth seem to matter little to the people in power now. Mr. Dumont would not even return my call.”

Mr. Krilow added, “If youth are going to be hurt by what I can only see as incompetence then this funding program should be investigated and corrective measures implemented immediately. Saying someone was sick or there was an emergency is not good enough. It is then the manager’s responsibility to make sure that all deadlines are met and contract obligations are adhered to. This was not done and now my son suffers.”

The result is that Mr. Krilow has filed an official complaint with his MP, MLA and filing a Discrimination complaint.

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “This situation is not new. As Mr. Krilow has indicated, this has happened to more than one person and MNBC staff admits their error. It is predictable and remains fact that MNBC is allowed to carry on such clear mismanagement each year makes the Federal officials who oversee these agreements just as responsible. Our past and current accurate information and assessment about the negative consequences of the insolvency of MNBC hurts these programs each day but remains allowed despite the stress and public embarrassment to families. This is a shameful consequence to our Métis families in BC.”

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry further added; “Our human rights case has been built, in part, through these examples of outright MNBC mismanagement. This is yet another sorry situation and MNBC once again dismisses their responsibility to explain themselves to their clients. I am tired of MNBC people who pretend all is okay and this situation is unjust. How do these people explain to families such as the Krilow’s that this is okay?”

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry concluded; “This family has many challenges and I am angry when I see Métis families treated with such incompetence and cold hearted lack of compassion. This demonstrates that MNBC does not put the needs of people in our communities first. They are not leaders and do not take steps to own up to their mistakes and look for solutions. We are going to fight each day to correct the MNBC and the Federal Government wrong doings for enabling and allowing this situations to carry on regardless of consequences to Métis families in need. Today Métis in BC are being subjected to unnecessary embarrassment and we know the large majority of Métis do not support MNBC or the Federal Government and Provincial Governments for protecting such dysfunction. It is time for all of us to be strong and demand that something is done before the Krilow family and many more like them depend on us. In a time of global reconciliation Métis deserve and need leaders who demonstrate respect and compassion in all relationships. This is the essence of being Métis and translates into good policy.”

For more information about the BC Métis Federation go to www.bcmetis.com.

Media Inquiries:

Keith Henry, President 
Métis Economic Development Corporation 
#300-3665 Kingsway 
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2 
Office 1-604-638-7220 
Email k.henry@bcmetis.com 

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Click here to download this Press Release as a PDF Click here to download the Letter from Don Krilow

7 Responses to Métis Nation British Columbia Incompetence Devastates Families

  1. Ron d September 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    Perhaps the Bcmf could step up and assist rather than just promoting the lateral violence. Out of your 1/2 million dollars, perhaps you could assist some grassroots people in need.

    • Keith Henry September 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Thank you Ron,

      We were asked to make this issue public by our member and we have. This is not lateral violence and in fact is complete injustice by MNBC. Standing by and pretending this situation did not happen, which is why MNBC is in their dire financial situation still today, will not assist this family.

      In terms of the assistance BC Metis Federation has done a lot. Major cultural support, language workshops, plus consultation.

      Thank you

      Keith Henry

    • Ken Fisher September 17, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks for nothing Ron or whoever you are. Lurking in the background and putting up dubious words that even he doesn’t understand (lateral violence) leaves everyone wondering about his own state of mind. His own lateral common sense is off track and I urge him to come clean and reveal his true identity. So come clean as your mock alias will soon be known and you will be shamed for your inane and useless remarks. God knows why you even bother making any comments. You are to be pitied and I hope you see the error of your ways. KJF

  2. Earl Belcourt September 16, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Again to Ron.
    Apparantly you have no idea where the funding for the BCMF is coming from. The BCMF functions strictly by private donations with some corporate donations here and there while the MNBC strictly operates by government funding with (supposedly) strict guide lines. However it is clear that the (strict guidelines) is not the case. Through my observation the MNBC must be politically conservative since they operate the same way as the conservative government. No accountability what so ever and the conservative government allows it to happen along with their own inner dealings.
    Just my observation.

  3. Metis BC September 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    This what gets me. BC Metis members are struggling under the MNBC with leaders at the helm not assisting the Metis Nation. Why is this continuing to happen.

    Ron seems to be citing lateral violence by making these issues know, and would rather sit in the dark keeping an organization operational by keeping issues secret.

    Good on the BCMF for making issues transparent. Members should be complaining about this treatment of a Metis family other than turning there heads ignoring issues.

    A proud BCMF member

  4. Christine September 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Sorry to hear of Mr. Krilow and his son struggling with health issues and having to deal with a disorganization.

    We were aware MNBC had major issues, and we are sure this is not the only story out there.

    Our best wishes to the family struggling to obtain a better life under unfortunate circumstances.


  5. Keith Henry September 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Message from Don Krilow today to share with readers:

    Dear Keith,

    I want to give my profound thanks for your help. I talked to Ken Fisher yesterday and was brought up to date on what is going on. It is quite disgraceful that our nation continues to be led down the path of financial ruin. The current leadership does not does not seem to understand how to manage their finances and more importantly how to run our nation. WE need a council that is inclusive, that supports local communities, and involves all Metis people. What I see from MNBC would seem to be a lot of ego. Instead of helping they dig in their heels and and try to defend themselves. No new ideas. That is what is needed. We need to get our Nation together. We need MNBC to have open dialogue and resolve these issues. I really do not need to be involved with a dispute with Metis Training. Suffering from intractable pain is terrible and I do not need the stress. The more stress the less long I will most likely be here. But I am Metis and I do not give up and upon being treated to this injustice, as well as seeing the sorry state of affairs at MNBC, I will spend the next few years I have helping you in any way I can to change things. Once again thank you on behalf of my family. Warmest regards.

    Don Krilow
    604 463 5521

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