(Vancouver, BC) BC Métis Federation leadership continued to address the human rights claim of discrimination against the Province of British Columbia this week. An initial process of mediation was agreed by the parties and the first step in the process took place this week with the BC Human Rights Tribunal and an appointed mediator this week.
The mediation process requires that all discussions are in confidence and without prejudice. However BC Métis Federation is providing a process update to clarify for members, partner communities and partner agencies. The mediation occurred Tuesday, October 29th and a mediation process was held until 3:00 PM. The parties agreed to recess the mediation to enable the parties to further review nine items. It was agreed that responses to the discussions must be responded in writing by November 5th, 2013. Pending the outcome the parties will continue to mediate or the Province will be required to respond in writing to the human rights claim within thirty five (35) days and a trial date will be set.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated, “This has been a constructive process and created an environment for discussions. There are important considerations for all and should mediation not be achievable BC Métis Federation will move to the next step in the process.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “Our leadership was clear in our position, as we have been from the beginning. We are committed to serving the interests and concerns of our members and nothing will stop this.”
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