The CCMA represents about 800 Metis members in Williams Lake in central British Columbia. A letter was sent by CCMA this week to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Honourable Bernard Valcourt as the organization who manages youth projects in British Columbia, Metis Nation British Columbia, has yet to provide any updates about why there has been no youth funding this fiscal year. The MNBC fiscal year is almost over and CCMA is very frustrated by the lack of MNBC response of information.
Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Dear Mr. Bernard Valcourt I am writing you to inform you of who I represent and what is troubling our organization. I am the CEO of the Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association in Williams Lake BC. Some months ago I wrote a proposal for youth funding from the Metis Nation of British Columbia. I have made inquiries to MNBC and one response I received was that the youth director was no longer working in her position but I should get a hold of her anyway. No response was forthcoming, I’m still waiting.
The difficulty is that it is near year end March 31 2013 and if there is sponsorship how would anyone be able to fulfill the proposal commitments.
I feel that as an organization that has willing participants for progress the process that is place for applying to an organization that seems to be in question thus places our needs in jeopardy. I am inquiring as to why there is a hold up in process from your department to not fund MNBC youth programs which causes delays to our organization which then hinders our community’s youth initiatives.
Sincerely, Marlene Swears CEO
The Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association
Cc Collette Trudeau
cc. BC Metis Federation
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