The Nova Métis Heritage Association (Nova) in Surrey, one of over thirty (30) local Métis community organizations in British Columbia, held an important community forum this past weekend to discuss their Charter Agreement and issues being raised by the Métis Nation BC. Métis Nation BC is one of two Provincial representative Métis organizations in British Columbia and Nova has agreements with both Métis Nation BC and BC Métis Federation.
Since late January Métis Nation BC took steps in letters to Nova making allegations of breaches by Nova of their Charter Agreement with Métis Nation BC. The Métis Nation BC and Nova Charter Agreement was signed in 2005. There were four (4) allegations described by Métis Nation BC and since the allegations were made, Nova has provided clarification in letters and emails to Métis Nation BC which demonstrated how these allegations were incorrect. Despite Nova’s repeated requests to meet since January Métis Nation BC leadership remained at arms length. Therefore, the Nova board decided to hold a public discussion with members this past weekend who wanted to better understand the situation.