BCMF Responds to Misleading Global News Coverage

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Vancouver, British Columbia, January 22, 2023 — The BC Métis Federation (BCMF) is disappointed in recent coverage of the 2024 Coastal Conference by Global News which was misleading and provided a platform for others to promote a false narrative about Métis in BC.

This response seeks to clarify that:

  • BCMF did follow protocols when organizing the event;
  • BCMF is not attempting to establish any territorial claims on BC’s coastlines;
  • BCMF has not received “huge grants” related to the TMX pipeline.

Protocol

Territorial Claims

  • The Coastal Conference agenda had absolutely nothing to do with making territorial claims. The objective of the conference was simply to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting BC coastal waters and to engage participants to take action to protect the coastline for future generations.
  • BCMF is not seeking, in any way whatsoever, to establish any territorial claims on the land or water of BC.

Huge Grants

  • While Métis have received funding as a result of the TMX project, what they have received is less than 1% of what First Nations have received.

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About BCMF

The BC Métis Federation (BCMF) is a non-profit association that works with Métis communities to ensure the well being of BCMF members. Through grassroots efforts, BCMF advocates on behalf of its many members, living all across the province.

Media Contact

Keith Henry, President, BC Métis Federation
P: (778) 388-5013
E: K.Henry@BCMetis.com

Important Links

Global News coverage – January 20, 2024
BCMF media release on the day of the conference – January 20, 2024
First Nations Leadership Council news release – January 19, 2024
BCMF letter to Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh (PDF) – January 18, 2024
Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh letter to BCMF (PDF) – January 17, 2024
2024 Coastal Conference agenda (PDF)
Coastal Water Protectors website

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