(Fort St. John, BC) The BC Métis Federation continues to meet with the grassroots Mètis communities and their membership throughout BC. Earlier today BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry and board member from Kelly Lake Lyle Letendre attended a community meeting with the Fort St. John Métis Society. The meeting was held at the Fort St. John Métis Society office and included a number of Métis members and their leadership.
The meeting focused on a review of the recent Métis court victories in the Daniels Case as well as the Manitoba ruling. In addition Métis members asked questions about current issues including the proposed BC Hydro Site C hydroelectric project, continued frustration about the misrepresentation of the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) who clearly does not speak for these members, concerns about oil and gas supporting MNBC on their behalf without their consent or knowledge, plus excitement about attendance at the upcoming Métis Identity Symposium in Prince George May 11th. BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “Thank you to the membership and leadership in Fort St. John for your continued work and dedication to our Nation. The Métis community continues to stand up and speak for their needs. They recently were awarded new health programming and want to work closely with local First Nations. The leadership has a vision and will speak for themselves.”
BC Métis Federation board member Lyle Letendre stated, “It was the first time that the feeling of unity was present. I felt strength and excitement as we stand our ground together to stop misrepresentation, discrimination, and dictatorship by MNBC. It was great to see the youth speaking and elders directing us.”
President Henry concluded, “We agreed to work together on specific issues and they will have a number of representatives attending our Métis Identity Symposium in May. We need to stop organizations getting industry money on behalf of these members, it is just wrong. Thank you President Lylyk for the warm reception and continued work together.”
For more information about the please go to the BC Métis Federation website www.bcmetis.com.
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