(Vancouver, BC) BC Metis Federation leadership met this past weekend for a board meeting to review a number new initiatives and reach decisions on proposed agreements. BC Métis Federation has maintained consistent board meetings since the organization began in 2011 as the leadership recognizes the need for good governance.
BC Métis Federation board members attended the meeting at the Vancouver office and the following highlights summarize key decisions:
1. Membership strategy – 4 specific tactics for implementation;
2. Human rights complaint updates;
3. Northern Gateway Pipelines Project meetings for Métis communities in Fort St. John, Prince George, Terrace, and Kelly Lake in late April and early May;
4. Approval of ten (10) new Métis cultural events;
a. Funding approved for two specific cultural events in Terrace and Fort St. John;
b. Review of two new Michif language workshops starting in August in Surrey and Williams Lake. Final approval for funding expected from the Federal Government by May;
c. Review of Heritage Canada funding for Métis Days proposed for July 1st – 3rd. Final approval for funding expected from the Federal Government in April;
5. National Energy Board (NEB) approved BC Métis Federation for funding and has confirmed that the organization will be recognized as an official intervener for the proposed TransMountain Expansion by Kinder Morgan Canada;
6. BC Métis Federation Industry Forum has approved for May 10th and 11th with a focus on economic development;
7. Agreements proposed by TransCanada in relation to the proposed projects in British Columbia. Three agreements will be signed in the near future;
8. Plus many other governance and accountability items for the organization.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “The board continues to lead by example. The leadership works diligently and was focused and there was a number of new and exciting decisions that will greatly benefit our members, partner communities and the BC Métis Federation.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry added; “The board meeting was thoughtful and spirited. There is no denying the commitment, dedication, and commitment by our leadership.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “There is such a bright future built on culture and support with our partner communities. I thank our board and team members for the work and efforts these past few days. The BC Métis Federation members and partner communities will greatly benefit in the future from our work and this next year is going to be our best ever!”
For more information about BC Métis Federation website @ www.bcmetis.com.
Keith Henry, President
BC Métis Federation
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
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