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VANCOUVER, April 18, 2008 – The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), and the BC Centre for Not for Profit Sustainability (CfS) have embarked upon a pilot partnership project entitled, “Strengthening our Charter Communities.”MNBC has made great strides in creating a 5-year Strategic Plan to guide its growth while also preparing BC’s 37 Métis Charter Communities to play a role in realizing that Plan.
“The Métis population in BC, as well as the rest of Canada, has grown considerably in recent years,” said MNBC CEO, Keith Henry. “During this time MNBC has worked very hard to establish the framework for communities to deliver support to all Métis citizens in the areas of health care, education, housing, employment and training, and economic development. This project will now take that effort to another level by engaging each and every Charter Community in making tangible improvements to their governance practices.”
The project combines a “Governance Assessment Process” designed by the Centre for Sustainability with the experience of CESO Volunteer Advisers. Each Volunteer Adviser brings specific skills in non-profit governance to facilitate an on-site self-assessment and action planning process with each of seven Métis Chartered Community Board groups that have been chosen to participate in the pilot. Over the next six months, each CESO Volunteer Adviser will coach each Métis Charter Community board group in tracking and delivering on their action plan. “With a roster of 300 Volunteer Advisers in BC/Yukon, CESO is well positioned to provide the right knowledge and experience to facilitate the Governance Assessment Process in each Charter Community,” said Vicki Scully, Regional Manager, BC/Yukon.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us to tailor an assessment process to the environment and developmental stage shared by a cohort of similar organizations,” said CfS Executive Director Kathleen Speakman. “We believe this approach will be effective because it is designed to build on the knowledge and talent of MNBC’s most motivated stakeholders, its Métis citizen organizations.”
“All of our Charter Communities are very motivated to access this process. In six months time, we hope to see this pilot cohort better able to play an active role in fulfilling the MNBC Five Year Plan. Then we would like to roll out the Governance Assessment Process to the balance of our communities,” said Keith Henry.
Charter Communities from the following BC areas are participating in the “Strengthening our Charter Communities” Pilot:
* Abbottsford/Fraser Valley
* Fort St. John
* Prince George
* Port Alberni
Métis Nation BC (MNBC) develops and enhances opportunities for Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services. In 2006, MNBC signed the historic Métis Nation Relationship Accord with the Province of British Columbia, which commits the Province and MNBC to narrow the socio-economic gaps confronting Métis citizens. “We are very energized by this opportunity to enhance our efforts with the resources of CESO and the Centre for Sustainability,” said MNBC President, Bruce Dumont.
• For more information about MNBC, visit www.mnbc.ca.
The Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) is a national not-for-profit, organization with regional services across Canada. Since 1967, CESO Volunteer Advisers have been using their professional expertise and experience, at home and abroad, to help others achieve their goals. CESO has a long history of capacity building in Aboriginal communities, completing close to 1,000 projects per year. It works to build capacity in governance and economic development through the transfer of knowledge and skills by experienced Volunteer Advisers from the public, private and not-for profit sectors. CESO Aboriginal Services has successfully linked Aboriginal individuals, businesses, communities, and organizations with professional Volunteer Advisers in over 25,000 projects. CESO acknowledges the generous, financial support provided by the Royal Bank of Canada to its National Métis Development Fund.
• For more information on CESO, visit www.ceso-saco.com.
The BC Centre for Not for Profit Sustainability designs and delivers capacity building programs to health, social service, arts, environmental and Aboriginal organizations across British Columbia. The Centre for Sustainability is participating in this program thanks to support from the Province of BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
• For more information about the Centre for Sustainability, visit www.centreforsustainability.ca.
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Contacts for media:
CESO Regional Manager, BC and Yukon
Chief Executive Officer, Métis Nation British Columbia
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