BC Government Will Raise Métis Flag November 16 in Victoria

Victoria, BC – BC Métis Federation leadership is celebrating a major achievement this week. The leadership has consistently advocated for support from the Provincial, Federal, and Municipal governments to recognize November 16th each year in respect of the date Louis Riel was wrongfully hung in 1885. This action led by the BC Métis Federation has been to raise public awareness while supporting Métis people and Métis culture throughout BC. The success has been strong over the years but today there was yet another major achievement this week. A historic achievement has been achieved as the legislature in Victoria will fly a Métis flag for the first time ever in British Columbia this Monday, November 16th after the original letter sent by BC Métis Federation on November 2nd to the Office of the Premier:

From: OfficeofthePremier, Office PREM:EX
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 9:46 AM
To: ‘Keith Henry’
Subject: RE: BC Metis Federation Request for Louis Riel Day November 16th, 2015 

Thank you, Mr. Henry. We have shared your request with our Office of Protocol and the Office of the Attorney General, and it is being discussed. 

We do appreciate hearing from you and thank you for bringing the request forward. 

From: OfficeofthePremier, Office PREM:EX
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:17 PM
To: ‘Keith Henry’
Subject: RE: BC Metis Federation Request for Louis Riel Day November 16th, 2015

Further to the response to you of Nov 4th, we are pleased to give you an update: 

Approval to recognize the anniversary of the death of Louis Riel by flying the Métis Nation flag on November 16 at the Legislature has been granted by the Chief of Protocol pursuant to our Courtesy flagpole policy, section 2, which states that officially approved international, national or provincial flags (or equivalent jurisdictions) can be flown on appropriate occasions as approved by the Chief of Protocol. 

Again, thank you for bringing your request forward. 

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “This is a major step by the Province of British Columbia and the Office of the Premier. This is for all Métis people in the Province and I am so thankful for the respect of our culture on such a historic date. The relationship between the Province of British Columbia and the BC Métis Federation has not been constructive but this demonstration provides a new opportunity to show good faith and perhaps open new dialogue. I sincerely thank Premier Clark and her office for leadership on this important cultural and historic Métis issue. I welcome the Province of British Columbia to continue taking next steps to ensure all Métis people are further included in future Provincial Government work. However, for today BC Métis Federation observes this action as a very positive step for our members, partners, and all Métis in BC and we sincerely thank the Premier and her Office.”

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

Media Inquiries: 

Keith Henry, President 
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 

You can follow BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry on twitter @keithhenryMetis 

You can follow BC Métis Federation on twitter @BCMétis 

Click here to download this Press Release in PDF format.

8 Responses to BC Government Will Raise Métis Flag November 16 in Victoria

  1. April McLean-Collart November 12, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    In this instance, the MNBC is employing a common-place tactic….usurping the credit for work done by others! It is something that organizations who are generally not well-organized, or are lacking strong leadership employ. Sadly, riding the coat tails of successful people has happened since the dawn of time.
    One of the reasons that riding another’s coat tails happens is that folks doing the riding, and taking credit for what they had no part in, is that these folks lack good leadership and haven’t had an original idea of their own in quite some time!!
    Fear not, loyal BC Métis Federation members and followers know the Real Deal when they see it…and Karma will definitely be visiting that other group!!!

  2. Keith Henry November 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Thank you April,

    Yes this post where I saw this MNBC statement about their alleged work to achieve this is a real shocker to me.


    I spoke about my views during the last posted Metis Coffee Talk show and I am definitely disappointed to see their actions.

    This is a good thing no matter what for Metis, but wow…

    I would love to see their alleged paper trail of their supposed work.

    I know we can prove our work, can they?

    Thank you

    Keith Henry

  3. Keith Henry November 13, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Just an update.

    MNBC is clearly exaggerating and distorting this issue and here is the confirmation directly from the Provincial Government:

    Lobmeier, Lucy S IGRS:EX
    9:45 AM (17 minutes ago)

    to me, Jenny

    Hello Mr. Henry. Just to respond to your question below no flag raising ceremony is being planned.


    Lucy Lobmeier
    Chief of Protocol and Executive Director
    Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat
    Government of British Columbia, Canada

    250-356-6177 (office)
    250-883-6721 (cell)

    All I can say based on the MNBC release is their message is completely wrong. Hope Metis people in BC see this as the latest unethical action.

    Keith Henry

  4. April-McLean-Collart November 13, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Aw shucks, someone from that other group won’t be able to dress up in their expensive finery and claim expenses for their trip!

    The truth will prevail!!

  5. Christine November 14, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    I’m not surprised. MNBC has been silent in our community, although followed by some supporters that have been paid off a while ago.

    If you are not actively working for the Metis community why claim that you are.

    BC Metis Federation is the most proactive organization we have had since the formation of any Metis group in BC.

    Keep up the great work, and keep it positive no matter how much another group is trying to lay claim to work done by the Federation.

  6. Keith Henry November 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    Thank you Christine for the kind comment.

    We certainly try.

    Keith Henry

  7. George and Terry Goulet November 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    All Metis in BC should celebrate and be overjoyed that the Metis Infinity Flag has been raised at the BC Legislature today as well as at many city, towns and communities throughout BC.. It should make all Metis in BC “Proud to be Metis”. We personally are proud that two articles we wrote in this respect and the 1993 BC Government Proclamation which we unearthed may have contributed to this fabulous response at the BC Legislature and many BC Communities today. Our items formed an integral part of the Application by BCMF (of which we are members) and would have been read by officials in the Premier’s office, by the BC Chief of Protocol and officials in various communities. The Infinity Flag is an enduring symbol of the Metis culture that united the Metis people. Consequently the flag raising today in so many BC locations should be a means of uniting, rather than dividing, all the Metis in British Columbia. LONG LIVE THE METIS.

  8. Keith Henry November 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Thank you George! We really appreciate your work and it was integral for certain.

    This was excellent to see the Metis flag on the legislature and thank you George and Terry Goulet for the contributions to Metis people in BC. Your work lives on and we deeply appreciate.


    Keith Henry

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