MVA-BC and MNBC Host National Métis Veterans Informational Forum
Date: Monday April 23, 2007
For Release: Immediate
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 – Approximately twenty-five (25) Métis Veterans from across the Métis Nation homeland (Ontario westward) attended an Informational Forum hosted by the Métis Veterans Association-British Columbia (MVA-BC) and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC).
Provincial Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Michael de Jong began the Informational Forum by welcoming the Metis veterans to British Columbia. North Saanich Mayor Ted Daley also brought welcoming comments. Office of the Federal Interlocutor and Veterans Affairs Canada officials attended and updated Metis veterans on a number of current Federal Government items.MNBC and MVA-BC signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last Spetember 30th, 2006. The MNBC/MVA-BC MoU is one of the only such agreements in the Metis Nation homeland. The MVA-BC and MNBC agreed to facilitate this Metis veterans meeting with the objective of providing an overview of the British Columbia governance model cuurently in existence and discuss options for the future. Based on productive dialogue Metis veterans made a number of key recommendations and a final Informational Forum report will be completed shortly. Among the most important recommendations was the pressing necessity for a unified and coherent approach for Metis veterans throughout the Metis Nation Homeland.
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