INAC and BC Métis Federation Progress

Mr. Keith Henry
British Columbia Métis Federation
300-3665 Kingsway

Dear Keith:

I am writing in regards to conversations that occurred during our meeting of December 2, 2015. I committed during that meeting to follow up with you on a number of questions and issues. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to look into the matters you raised in more detail and so I wanted to provide you with the following information.

You raised the topic of the upcoming celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Specifically, you asked how and if Aboriginal organizations and peoples would be invited to participate. As you may be aware, preparations for and programming related to these celebrations are being led by Heritage Canada. Following our meeting, we have had discussions with colleagues at that Department. Heritage Canada would be pleased to discuss this matter with you further at your convenience and is best placed to provide you with additional information on how your organization and its members may be able to access programs and funding aimed at ensuring a strong Aboriginal participation in celebrating this important landmark in the history of Canada. Contact information for Heritage Canada related to the Canada 150 Fund for project and initiatives in British Columbia is as follows:

Phone: 604-666-0176 or 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
Fax: 604-666-3508
Canada Heritage
Canada 150 Fund
351 Abbott Street, Suite 205
Vancouver BC V6B0G6


I am also pleased to be able to inform you that our Minister extended the engagement of Mr. Tom Isaacs as Ministerial Special Representative. Mr. Isaac will be continuing his work to explore and provide recommendations on how the Government of Canada can best move forward with partners toward a new reconciliation framework on Section 35 Métis rights. This engagement process is a key step forward on a path of reconciliation and renewal toward a shared prosperous future for the benefit of Métis people and all Canadians. A report will be prepared for the Minister summarizing what was heard during these exploratory talks, along with key recommendations from the Ministerial Special Representative about how best to move forward. It will be at the Minister’s discretion as to whether the report will be made public.

You also asked for information related to programming offered by our office. As you may be aware, the funding offered by my office for representative organizations I provided through the Aboriginal Representative Organization – Basic Organizational Capacity funding program. Program details, eligibility and application process can be found at the Indigenous and Northern Affair’s website at: Should your organization apply for this program, your application will be given all due and proper consideration by my office.

Should you require any additional information on any of the above, do not hesitate to contact me and I will endeavour to clarify where and as possible. Similarly, should I have inadvertently not addressed any matter that was raised, please let me know.

Lastly, I would like to sincerely thank you for having taken the time to come and meet with us at our office. During the last few months we have had the opportunity to sit down with a number of representative from different organizations. The information you shared with us regarding your organization’s perspectives, views, and activities was genuinely appreciated and valued as part of our ongoing effort to build strong and positive relationships with Métis peoples across the country.


Ian Kretcheson
Métis and Non-Status Indian Relations Directorate 
Click here to download this letter in PDF format.

7 Responses to INAC and BC Métis Federation Progress

  1. jerome February 23, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    it appears the BCMF does not qualify for this type of funding under section 4.0(a). Is the BCMF still taking action at the Canadian Human Rights Commission? Or has this fallen away – it’s not been mentioned in some time.

    • Keith Henry February 23, 2016 at 11:42 am #

      Thank you Jerome,

      We are working on the Human Rights Case still.

      This work may lead to a new solution.

      Thank you

      Keith Henry

    • Ken Fisher March 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi Jerome – It appears that you are very up to date on Metis Matters in BC – Here at the Nova Metis Heritage Association in Surrey we have some “Jerome’s in our membership. Maybe your relatives??? WE have more than 2500 certified Metis members in our files and growing. Please check our website for more about us.-

      Question: Is that your last name or your first name? Which Metis group are you registered with? Please explain your reasons for trying to cover your identity on your posts. It seems like you are just being provocative for reasons that make no sense.
      So be a good fellow and come clean about your true motives for being contrary.

      In friendship please call me and we could have lunch in the near future. 604-634-0119
      Ken Fisher – President – Nova Metis Heritage Ass’n – Surrey.

  2. Christine February 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

    How does the Federation not appear to qualify when the letter is directly addressed to the Federation inviting to submit a proposal???

    I read 4.0 (a) and it appears the provincial/territorial or regional level is where the federation is representing qualifies for basic operational funding.

    Good luck to the federation in their proposal.

  3. jerome February 24, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    But most of the BCMF members are MNBC members. Unlikely that the Fed gov’t will support two provincial entities where both groups have the same members. Waste of taxpayers money.

    • Keith Henry February 24, 2016 at 9:54 am #

      Thank you Jerome,

      You are incorrect on your assumptions as there are very modest MNBC members that are also part of BC Metis Federation. We analyzed this 6 months ago and there is about 20% of our members are MNBC members.

      Thank you

      Keith Henry

  4. Christine February 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    I am not a MNBC member anymore, our whole family made sure we did not support a club mentality organization anymore by filling out a “Termination of Membership” form.

    As per Article Five of the MNBC Citizenship Act – VOLUNTARY REMOVAL FROM REGISTRY
    5.0 A Métis Citizen may, at any time, voluntarily remove himself or herself from the Registry;
    5.1 The Registrar shall remove a Métis Citizen who, by written request, declares that he or she no longer wishes to be registered as a Métis Citizen;

    A very untrue statement, everyone I know has also terminated membership with MNBC. We can choose who we wish to represent our interests, and no one can convince us that Metis Nation BC has been working in our best interests.

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