BC Métis Federation Response to Métis Nation BC and MCFD Agreement This Week

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation is pleased to read of the Provincial Government’s commitment to work with Métis communities to keep children out of government care. This week the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) has signed an agreement with the Métis Nation of BC to help achieve permanency for Metis children within their communities and families. We see this as a positive step forward for that community.

The BC Métis Federation wants to inform members that we have also been encouraged by recent contact with the Ministry and has developed our own internal Child Protection legislation by which we have taken on the responsibility of caring for the children of our members.

BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated, “While we are happy for Métis Nation BC, we assert that this legislation between the Métis Nation BC and MCFD does not have any jurisdiction over our members.

President Henry added, “We are also concerned for Métis Nation BC members that their legislation does not appear to fully come into effect until 2021. This leaves three more years for all Métis children of Métis Nation BC members to be left without permanency with control in non-Indigenous families. The BC Métis Federation Child Protection Legislation is in full force and effect now in order to protect the children of our members.

President Henry further added, “While we at BC Métis Federation seek to have a cooperative relationship with MCFD, we do not require a signed agreement with a statutory body in order to exercise our rights under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or under the Constitution of Canada Act 1982.”

BC Métis Federation Henry concluded, “We wish the Métis Nation BC and their members well with their new agreement and look forward to cooperation and respect from the MCFD with BC Métis Federation members as we continue to exercise our right to self-govern.”

To read the full BC Métis Federation Child Welfare Declaration go to the BC Métis Federation website www.bcmetis.com

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Keith Henry, President
BC Métis Federation
#300-3665 Kingsway
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Office 1-604-638-7220
Cell 1-778-388-5013
Email k.henry@bcmetis.com

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One Response to BC Métis Federation Response to Métis Nation BC and MCFD Agreement This Week

  1. Metis in Peril June 9, 2018 at 1:06 am #

    That’s a positive that any agreement furthering our Nation, although a bit reluctant to understand why it is only one organization when our children do not fit into the mold of the policies of the Metis Nation British Columbia.

    It is a different story on the ground when you try to get assistance from those at the helm of the ship on issues we have dealt with forever. There is many declarations by government and photo ops made but what is the reality of the situation and the effects on families that have lost their children to care.

    There seems to be a lot of fan fair around this announcement but like the Daniels case, and people waving court documents in the air… I seen nothing around me that gives me hope that our Nation will move forward besides a bunch of Metis fighting each other for who gets the crumbs

    I don’t have much trust, government wants to prove to the public they are spending their money wisely, those that receive it try to hide it and prove to the government they are spending it of course in non-profit ways going to mostly to Presidents and staff while those at the grassroots watch and live in poverty. While everyone has a job and goes to meetings all is good in the non-profit world

    This is the reality of the Indigenous world.. Look important and you keep government happy that they are doing the public right.

    I just see this as another funding pot negating what the real reality in the communities. No one will know as it’s just another tragedy in our community as a youth commits suicide, or a family that has to deal with another child taken away.

    There is a lot of reconciliation to do not only with First Nations were are not even on the map when it comes to First Nations …

    Daniels case whatever

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