(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation board held a meeting at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC this past weekend. The board was joined by Métis organizations who have signed agreements with the BC Métis Federation plus a large number of Métis people in person or viewing online. There were over 960 viewers online watching the BC Métis Federation board deliberations at the peak. The weekend was highlighted by a Meet and Greet held Saturday evening, attended by over 120 individuals, which provided a great First Nations and Métis cultural showcase for the entire family.
Sadly Harold Morin, who was a volunteer Policy Analyst with the BC Métis Federation and proud Métis person, passed away suddenly today. The BC Métis Federation board, staff, and members extend our most sincere condolences to his partner Tracy, his three children, brothers and sisters, Harold’s mother, and friends across the country.
BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “This weekend the BC Métis Federation showed Métis people throughout BC that we continue to make progress. Our board established steps to draft a constitution, provided detailed financial statements, and reinforced our priorities for culture through identifying key events for 2012. We will focus on the upcoming Eurofest, Métis exhibit in Stanley Park, a Métis festival in Kelly Lake, and a Pink Mountain event.”
President Henry further added, “In light of the unfortunate loss of our dear friend Harold Morin, we know how important moving forward is. He literally gave his life for our Nation, we must remember the strength we need to honour Métis individuals like Mr. Morin and why fighting for the survival of our Métis culture remains important.”
President Henry further added, “I ask all Métis people of BC to set aside our differences and pay our respects to Harold. Monetary donations can be made care of the BC Métis Federation and (contact information as below) .His family needs our support during this tragic time. I ask each one of us to make a small donation to assist Tracy and the Morin family with funeral costs. Harold dedicated his life to the Nation. The funeral will be scheduled later this week and BC Métis Federation will make a donation to the Morin family. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.”
President Henry concluded, “Today was tragic for so many of us. Harold meant a lot to all of us and it is during these times that we have to come together as a Métis community and family. I will never forget you my friend. You have been a true friend, through the good and the challenging times. I am glad that I was able to share time together and I will miss you.”
BC Métis Federation
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