Métis Nation of Ontario Last Call for Expressions of Interest
Friday is the final day for communities to express their interest in hosting the 2009 MNO Annual General Assembly. The Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario will begin reviewing the submissions concerning the timing, format and location of the 2009 AGA next week. All ideas and suggestions are welcome, but you are asked to keep the following in mind:• the event should take place after August 1, 2009, because that is the earliest a signed audit will be available for review and approval by delegates;
• the event should last a minimum of four days including travel, and ideally will include a weekend (Saturday and Sunday);
• the venue should include indoor facilities suitable for the business portion of the gathering; indoor space for workshops and the tradeshow (so we are not at the mercy of the weather or noise from external sources); as well as an area large enough to accommodate the MNO tent for the cultural events;
• besides hotel rooms for those who do not wish to camp, the venue should be able to accommodate tents and RV’s.
While no final decision has been made, input received so far suggests a four day event around the weekend of August 23 & 24, 2009. This will allow for a summer AGA (nice weather) after black fly season.
The caveats set out above will allow the MNO to live up to its principles of demonstrating pride in a shared Métis identity while maintaining accountability to citizens and stakeholders by hosting a cost-effective event that reflects Métis traditional values.
With both the caveats and practical considerations in mind, please forward your ideas and suggestions by Friday, February 27, 2009 to Chelsey Quirk in Ottawa at 613-798-1488 ext. 104 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
The PCMNO will make a final decision about the location, venue and agenda as
soon as possible after considering all the input it receives.