Nova Métis Community in Surrey Continues Fight Against Ongoing Bad Politics from Métis Nation BC

BC Métis Federation is sharing a letter sent yesterday by the Nova Métis Heritage Association in Surrey, BC to the Métis Nation BC. This organization represents over 2000 Métis members and they have agreements to work with Métis Nation BC as well as the BC Métis Federation.

This is one of over 30 Métis community associations in BC and their organization has called many issues into question regarding Métis Nation BC. Since January Métis Nation BC has made false allegations and taken great steps to undermine Nova’s legitimate standing to represent their members.

The actions of Métis Nation BC staff and leadership demonstrate the contempt for Métis self government and professionalism. BC Métis Federation strongly encourages Métis people, industry partners and governments to read the details, especially the Nova response yesterday.

Métis Nation BC’s allegations against Nova in January are in fact proven incorrect. This dysfunctional organization perpetuates injustice by taking drastic steps to attempt to “kick” out Métis community organizations who do not agree with Métis Nation BC. This latest example is not new and why many Métis continue to call for Métis governance reform in BC.

Click here to read the MNBC Letter of Response to Nova on March 31, 2017.
Click here to read Nova’s 2015 Financial Statements.
Click here to read Nova’s Letter to MNBC on April 5th, 2017.

To review the information on the Nova website go to

5 Responses to Nova Métis Community in Surrey Continues Fight Against Ongoing Bad Politics from Métis Nation BC

  1. Metis April 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    After reviewing the financial statements for 2015, the incoming revenue I see is from internal fund raising and a large part the BC Metis Federation. I can see if Nova is getting streams of revenue from the Metis Nation BC then reporting to the organization for financial accountability would seem to reason.

    I doubt like many locals across this province received much from the Metis Nation BC over the years to even supply financial statements. A community with a large membership surviving on 18,593.00 a year? hmmm

    What ever happened to the talk about decentralizing a while ago, so these locals can survive and the grassroots actually get services they require?

    I think the directors are better off working with the BC Metis Federation other than fight an adversarial system that do not care anything for our communities, other than their own purses. Who is this Dale Drown anyway to dictate to Metis communities and pull the rug from underneath the grassroots community?

    If they keep disenfranchising communities who do they really represent, themselves and their own egos?

  2. Dean Lenglet April 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    Who are these clowns allegedly running the MNBC? Are these just puppets left over from the Dumont regime? What can they possibly gain from attacking the largest Metis group in BC? it certainly makes me wonder why more people don’t join BCMF and turn their backs on these people masquerading as our representatives. They are a complete disgrace to Metis people in our province and for that matter, nationally. What good is a “mother” organization that is constantly trying to ostracize one of its own. These jokers and their entourage are shining examples of why non indigenous people look down on and make fun of groups like ours. Why would anyone want to have any respect for these rather non-intellectual people still running the MNBC into the ground.

  3. Earlene Bitterman April 7, 2017 at 12:24 am #

    Wish I could push a like button somewhere on the two above comments like facebook. 🙂

    Our communities have struggled for self government forever and many of our ancestors died for that very cause. As we are on the edge of change, I’m disappointed to see this letter exchange.

    We will never move head with what I have read, punishing a whole community because of political differences. Where is our base….and elders to ensure this does not happen. Obviously our community has been so fractured there is no traditional common sense anymore.


  4. Community Charter Question April 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    I read Nova Metis heritage’s Community governance charter, I have an observation.

    7.1 Where a dispute arises among the parties respecting interpretation, application, implementation, or operation of this Community governance charter agreement, the Parties will attempt to resolve the dispute by consensus.

    7.2 Where issues in dispute cannot be resolved by the Parties, these issues may be referred to the Senate for determination.

    Obviously there is no consensus and one sided by the letter exchange. 7.2 gives the option to take it to the Senate for dispute resolution. One question would be is their even a functioning Senate, the last minutes ever published on their website is March 22-23, 2014 almost 3 years ago.

    I would question the Community governance charter all together when there is no functioning options for honorable dispute resolution.

  5. Keith Henry April 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    Thanks for the observations Charter question.

    The facts all question why did MNBC NOT follow their own Charter Agreement process to begin with? Why did MNBC leadership not make efforts to meet with Nova if there were concerns for years as they allege in their January letter to Nova?

    This is all political and a way to discredit Nova leadership. Make Nova members believe there must be an issue.

    The issue of the MNBC Senate is also extremely suspect. What Senate?

    Thank you

    Keith Henry

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