(Vancouver, BC) The BC Mètis Federation continues to grow strategic alliances with organizations that support the vision and needs of Métis people in British Columbia. During the recent BC Métis Federation Annual General Meeting two Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) were signed with the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Member Association and the White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society.
The Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association is a national incorporated Aboriginal veteran representative organization that supports the needs and issues facing Aboriginal veterans. The organization attends veteran related meetings and events invited at a national level and provincial level.
The White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society is recognized by the BC Metis Federation as the official body to develop and deliver Metis child and family services and Métis health services for Métis in the Kamloops area and Thompson/Okanagan are of British Columbia.
BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “The BC Métis Federation has said we are going to rebuild Métis governance in BC and it is time to have a provincial representative organization, such as ours, lead by example. The Métis programs and services must be separated from political agendas or organizations. You cannot have politically operated organizations running programs and services, it is a formula for disaster and this is what has led to such challenges today in BC. We will ensure the BC Métis Federation does not pursue such an agenda.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry added, “I thank the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association who can better assist Métis veterans deal with Veterans Affairs Canada and deal with other needs. They are building a National network of support and their President Mr. Richard Blackwolf continues to demonstrate how best to assist Aboriginal veterans.”
BC Mètis Federation President Henry further added, “I also thank the White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society who continues to development and deliver key programs to support the family support and health needs in the Kamloops area. We believe they are best suited to deliver effective services for Métis people in the area and we strongly support their programs and services.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “The BC Métis Federation is proud to welcome these new organizations who are supporting various needs of our Métis members and communities. We will work with them to support policy and lobby governments for programming needs in the future. We really need to get back to separating politics from programming.”
For more information about the BC Mètis Federation please review our website www.bcmetis.com.
For more information about the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association please review their website http://canadianaboriginalveterans.ca/.
For more information about the White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society please review their website at http://www.whitebuffalo.name/.
BC Métis Federation
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
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