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MNBC Legislative Leadership shows focus and commitment to Self-Governance

by NationTalk on March 12, 2012267 Views

News Release
For Immediate Release

Richmond, BC – (Sunday March 11, 2012) By a show of overwhelming support at the Métis Nation Governing Assembly (MNGA) on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2012, members of the MNGA voted on many matters affecting MNBC Policy, Constitution and legislation. These changes will affect current MNBC legislation such as the Metis Youth Act in as much as to reflect the Director of Youth position within the Métis Youth of BC (MYBC) governing structure and the Metis Women’s Act in recognizing the Provincial Women’s Chair as the “Provincial Women’s Chairwoman”.The opening ceremonies commenced on Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Richmond lead by the Métis Veterans of BC (MVBC) Sergeant at Arms, Frazer McDonald, followed by the MVBC flag party, Veterans Ernie Parenteau, Gordon McGregor and Barbara Hulme. The Flag procession was lead by well-known fiddle talent, Keith Hill, and jigging talents Lisa Shepherd, President of the Golden Ears Métis Society, and Ericka Spence, North Central Regional MYBC Representative. Musical talents of Dan McDonald, President of the Mid Island Metis Nation singing the Metis National Anthem and O’ Canada, sung by Leo Brazeau, President of the Kelowna Metis Association and blessing the Assembly’s proceedings of the day the opening prayer was delivered by North Central Regional Director, Annette Maurice and Elder and Lower mainland Senator Philip Gladue.

The Metis Nation Governing Assembly members deliberated this weekend on some 14 different resolutions brought forth by Chartered Community Leaders, Metis Women’s Chairwoman, Metis Youth Chairperson and Leadership of the MNBC Board of Directors that will affect immediate changes to the Electoral Act, Youth Act, Women’s Act and the Constitution.

The MNGA approved the resolution to strike an MNBC Métis Regional Boundary Committee to look at establishing defined regional boundaries, including, but not limited to Regional Governance Council’s considerations, community preference, spatial location and geographical formations. This committee will bring its findings and report to the MNGA in 2013.

During the resolutions debate, President/CEO Bruce Dumont acting in his leadership role on behalf of the MNBC withdrew three resolutions submitted to this MNGA dealing with concerns over opposition groups.

Stated President / CEO Dumont, “I withdrew these resolutions because after the very healthy discussion and comments around the table, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with pride in our nation and our nation’s ability to Self-Govern”. “The discussion and deliberation of the members of the Assembly” President Dumont further stated” was respectful and meaningful and the end result is, our Governance works and will continue to work if we support and believe in our process”.

By a show of unanimous support, the members of the MNGA voted in and welcomed the new Chartered Community, Golden Ears Metis Society. Senator Gladue administered the Oath of Office to President Lisa Shepherd and standing by her side her Vice President, Sherry Thompson.

As the agenda spilled over into Sunday, the MNGA Membership and Legislative Assembly committees presented their reports. Recommendations from the Membership Committee were presented and as a result, the resolution that was tabled at the 2009 AGM regarding Membership was defeated. The Standing Legislative Assembly Committee presented recommendations to both the MNBC Interpretative Act and Assemblies Procedures Act. The primary recommendation being that these Acts travel throughout the
MNBC Chartered Communities for Community Consultations to occur so that meaningful input and due process in establishing our Interpretive Act and Assemblies and Procedures Act are respected.

President/CEO Dumont presented on the MNBC General Elections and the MNGA members voted in favour to give notice of the MNBC Provincial General Elections on July 27, 2012 for the Election date of September 15, 2012, with Nomination deadline for August 16 2012.

As a show of support and respect to both Metis Women and Metis Youth, the MNGA passed a motion to include the MYBC and the MWBC in the consultation process of the MNGA Act and the Electoral Code wherever relevant to vacancies of regional representatives.

Chaired by the Speaker, Will Goodon from Manitoba Metis Federation and Deputy Speaker, Don Caverley from Turtle Island Consulting with the support of MNGA Clerk and Executive Director the MNGA was a true display of Métis leadership in its finest hour.

Métis Nation British Columbia’s vision is to build a proud, self-governing, sustainable Nation in recognition of Inherent Rights
for our Métis citizens.

Métis Nation British Columbia’s mandate is to develop and enhance opportunities for our Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services through Teamwork, Respect, Dedication, Accountability, Integrity and Professionalism.

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Media contact:
Tracey Thornhill
Executive Assistant/Acting Communications Officer
Métis Nation British Columbia
traceyt@mnbc.ca
604-557-5851 ext. 231

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