Reflecting on Mistakes of the Past

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation formed in June of 2011 after years of efforts to try and force change within the Métis Nation BC. A group of like minded individuals called themselves the Coalition of Concerned Métis Citizens (CCMC) and they began to publicly call into question a number of key issues they were concerned about related to the leadership of the Métis Nation BC from 2009-2011.

This past weekend Métis Nation BC representatives continued their public relations attempts to discredit the volunteer efforts of the former CCMC and what BC Métis Federation has become today. The Métis Nation BC script to deny, blame, and deflect was the exact same as it had been since 2009. Métis Nation BC representatives use loaded language that BC Métis Federation is trying to “tear the Nation down”, or “working to take money from the Métis Nation BC”. Métis Nation BC representatives make these statements to grass roots Métis community members at local meetings, to industry, First Nations, and all levels of Government despite the fact that BC Métis Federation is publicly on record about our policy.

The BC Métis Federation policy is clear, Métis Nation BC had every right to advocate and represent the interests of their partner local Métis communities and citizens, but Métis Nation BC does not have any mandate or right to speak for the BC Métis Federation or our members. BC Métis Federation has been open to meeting with Métis Nation BC for years and this past December 2016, the organization posted a public letter of invitation to Métis Nation BC to meet. Unfortunately, the Métis Nation BC continues to decline these invitations.

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “I feel it important to comment on this ongoing issue as I continue to reflect on what Métis Nation BC leaders, supporters and their staff perpetuate. Information that is wrong and incorrect. That is why we are going to re-post the document produced by the former CCMC, which involved many of the current BC Métis Federation leadership, in an effort to correct Métis Nation BC, not tear anything down. This document was released in February 2011 after many public discussions and engagement was held throughout BC. The document was entitled the “The Blueprint Document – Building a New Foundation for Our Future – A Recommended Strategic Plan Developed by the Coalition of Concerned Métis Citizens.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry added; “Sadly Métis Nation BC leadership and their supporters politicized this strategic plan to fix Métis Nation BC. Ironically some of the recommendations identified have been forced on Métis Nation BC regardless. This document proved then, as it does now, that my past work with many other dedicated volunteers was to correct and fix, not tear down. Had this plan been implemented we found an economic way to clearly demonstrate Métis Nation BC debt recovery, investments in local Métis communities and many other important cultural investments. The plan included a clear financial plan based on figures provided in Métis Nation BC public audits.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded; “What I saw on the weekend was Métis Nation BC representatives cannot see a better future. One that we all work together rather than at odds. I do not believe this is a better way forward for our people and I hope people continue to force change. We will always be stronger together and doing the same thing over and over truly meets the definition of insanity. Lets all hope for change for our culture and people in British Columbia.”

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9 Responses to Reflecting on Mistakes of the Past

  1. Gloria Rendell May 5, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    The plan and most of the other plans were are reviewed by several accountants within BCMF and auditors outside of BCMF.
    The school was sold at a lost because they could not do what they stated they could do and were virtually shutdown because of this.
    There is nothing going to communities except the management of some programs. The upper management has continued to receive large salaries and pay out pensions to others.
    As we have seen in this country pensions can be reduced and these should be as well.
    Nothing is changing in the communities for funds to grow the Metis and so what are they representing exactly????? The federal and provincial government should be doing an audit on Metis Nation BC in all regards – programs and debt and salaries.

    Anyway this is still as much a problem as it was 5 years ago.
    What is the legal opinion of what we could do? Do we have any friends in either government?

    Just my thoughts and opinions..

  2. Sharon Eyford May 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    Gloria, you took the words right out of my mouth. I couldn’t agree with you more !!! It is time,

    past time, for the both Gov’t to do an Audit on MNBC, not just for the sake of all Metis in BC,

    but for themselves. This stuff is “old hat” and has got to stop. BC is big enough for both MNBC

    and BCMF to function and grow –to help our people who live here. We live in a democracy !!!

    We must think of all Metis and especially the young people, who need better and more

    education. Education and growth, to see the future into the next centuries. We are here, and

    will remain here, prosper and grow–especially if we all get together and work for the common

    good. I was appalled at the attitude of our guest from MNBC at our meeting on Sunday. I was

    shocked at the bad behavior that was shown to our Executives of Nova. I hope this does not

    go any further that Sunday–but work to cooperate together for the betterment of all.

    Metis Elder

  3. Freeman Allain May 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    A friend of mine is a BCMN member and he doesn’t get anything from the BCMN. So I print everything I get from the BCMF and pass it on to him. I hope that’s ok. Can he subscribe to the BCMF?

    • Keith Henry May 6, 2017 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you Freeman,

      We welcome anyone to sign on for BC Metis Federation email updates.

      We are completely open and transparent. We hope your friend signs up on the website.

      Keep sharing!

      Keith Henry

  4. Dean Lenglet May 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    It would seem to me that the more vocal the MNBC clowns get, the more they must be afraid. It would also seem that sending in a couple of “representatives to the latest Nova meeting was more about intimidation than wanting to cooperate> neither of the “representatives” answered any questions and continued on their accusatory stance. How cowardly of the MNBC to perhaps want to meet with Nova only if Keith is not among the Nova board members. Clearly this is illegal and also contrary to official charters. The head clown Mr Dumont must have trained his monkeys well before he left office although, it would seem, he still pulls the strings for his puppets. Apparently a “new” MNBC board did nothing to change the ridiculous pattern of attack and divide and abuse the Federal monies given out to enhance the local groups. What a waste of time this group is. Perhaps someone in either the Federal or provincial gov’t will have the cahones to do a forensic audit on all of those who were or are still in power. Follow the money trail.People who post here should also use their name. No hiding behind pseudonyms.

  5. Mechtild Morin May 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    Totally agree with you, Sharon and Gloria.
    I was shocked and disappointed by the personal attacks on Nova Board Members.
    The BCMF extended a hand and was shot down. Not good at all!
    There is no benefit in such behaviour and I hope that the MNBC leadership will engage in some honest self reflection.
    There is a better way for moving forward.
    Cooperation is the key

  6. Metis Citizen May 6, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    The MNBC reports to be our “self government” but in the same breathe alienates Metis communities and individuals from being apart of their club.

    To me that is the farthest away from any self government ideals.

    Why does the federal government still support this regime? Because it’s more conducive to support sell outs than provide a working and fair system that actually supports the population of Metis in their communities.

    Notice I said ” their communities” . Cities are not our communities, MNBC’s style of locals is not a rendition of historic community, rather a pseudo community forcing our people to join or be alienated from this pseudo community.

    The real Metis out there know this fact.

  7. Metis May 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Dean Lenglet,

    Unfortunately many of us comment in an anonymous fashion due to the mean spiritedness of MNBC members and leadership, this includes harassment, interference with job security, and overall bad faith. Some people just don’t like the Metis in our communities asking questions about accountability.

    Metis citizen out there in cyberspace

  8. Chantelle Lucier May 12, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Seriously I believe those elected should get leadership training to eliminate ‘toxic’ work environments and move forward in working with the Metis community.

    When many get elected the mindset is ‘im in it for me’ other than the ‘greater good’ of the community.

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