(Squamish, BC) The BC Métis Federation started 2012 with keeping their commitment to Métis community engagement and open Métis governance. Vancouver Métis Cultural Society President Russ Roy and Vice President Ron Paradis arranged a meeting for their members at Totem Hall located on the Squamish Nation reserve in Squamish, BC. There were about 15 VMCS members in attendance from Squamish and area.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry, Vice President Daryl Piper and Office Administrator Sandee Brabant traveled to Squamish to present an overview of the BC Métis Federation, how the BC Métis Federation came to be and discuss the future of the BC Métis Federation. There were a number of questions and some frustration discussed regarding the delivery of programs by the Métis Nation British Columbia.
BC Métis Federation President Henry stated; “I am pleased with the turn out tonight. There was a positive spirit in the room and several new faces in attendance. The members were supportive of the decision of VMCS to sign a Statement of Cooperation with the BC Métis Federation. The members were also interested in supporting community needs and a being part of a responsive Métis government for all Métis people.”
President Henry further added; “This is just another positive sign of things to come. I thank the VMCS board and in particular President Russ Roy for the effort to invite members to meet and discuss current issues affecting them. The members were engaging and want a positive new direction.”
President Henry continued; “The BC Métis Federation has our board meeting shortly on January 28th and 29th in Vancouver at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. We have arranged a meet and greet with the BC Métis Federation the evening of Saturday, January 28th and it seemed clear people in attendance tonight want to attend. These VMCS members want a positive new direction and the BC Métis Federation is providing this for many in the VMCS community.”
President Henry concluded; “I know the BC Métis Federation is excited to schedule other community meetings and we are finalizing another round of regional sessions from March – May 2012. We will be providing a schedule of future regional meetings soon in our continued efforts to support Métis culture and information about the new way forward.”
For more information about the upcoming BC Métis Federation board meeting January 28th or 29th, the meet and greet January 28th, membership, etc. please visit our website (www.bcmetis.com) to ensure that you have the most up to date information.
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