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Letter from MNBC President

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by ahnationtalk on January 12, 2021142 Views


Dear MNBC Citizens,

I have some very disturbing news for you today.

Members of the MNBC Board have put forward a motion that proposes to remove key national level responsibilities from me as the duly elected and constitutionally elected President of Métis Nation British Columbia.

This is not even a thinly disguised move but in fact a very blatant attempt to end the suspension of Métis Nation Ontario (MNO) from the Métis National Council (MNC), by attempting to replace me as President of Métis Nation British Columbia with the MNBC Vice-

President on the MNC Board of Governors.

I am a proud Métis Leader and since I was first elected President in September 2016 I have always based my decisions and actions on what is best for our Métis Citizens and people, and that includes the MNO issue. I have never shied away from my principled stand of enforcing the MNO suspension by the MNC General Assembly.

MNO includes many individuals in its membership registry who do not satisfy the requirements of the Métis Nation’s definition of Métis and whose ancestral origins are outside the Métis Nation Homeland and from Eastern Canada. That’s why in 2018 the MNC General Assembly moved to suspend them. The MNO leadership has refused to allow Governing Member registrars from outside MNO to come in and audit their registry. Now why would that be?

In December 2020 nine members of the MNBC Board (VP Lissa Smith, Patrick Harriott, Louis De Jaeger, Dean Gladue, Debra Fisher, Raynie Gervais, Paulette Flamond, Dr. Kate Elliott and Shaughn Davoren) passed motions directing me take certain steps to end the suspension of the MNO.

Just three and half months ago, I was re-elected as President of MNBC and I was given another strong mandate to continue my leadership of Métis Nation British Columbia and to continue to defend the interests of the Métis Nation and our people. I was not re-elected to cave-in to pressure from these nine members of the MNBC Board and to let non-Métis people take over our nation. I will never support allowing that to happen because the critical interests of our true Métis Citizens will be seriously weakened. Allowing non-Métis into our Nation has serious implications for our governance and our potential funding.

Not one of these nine members of the Board has a mandate from our Citizens to go against the decision of the MNC General Assembly and cancel the MNO suspension. How dare they pull a stunt like this?

I have a mandate from our Citizens to continue to defend the interests of the Métis Nation here in British Columbia and at the national levels, and I intend to continue to do that. I have been honoured as the National Métis Minister of Health, and National Métis Minister for Culture, Heritage and Families to work with the government of Prime Minister Trudeau and our MNC leadership in helping to achieve success in securing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding going forward for housing, employment and training, early learning and child development, Michif language revitalization and economic programs and legislation supporting the aims of our Métis people.

As President of MNBC, I sit on the Board of Governors of MNC on behalf of the Citizens by virtue of the MNC Bylaws, and I was appointed to my portfolios at the national level by President Clément Chartier – not by this group of nine.

I also want you to know that this same group of nine in December wanted to raise their salaries as members of the Board. They had already voted in October, just after being elected a month earlier, to give each of themselves a $7500 salary increase from the previous Board. Their demand in December for a further increase in salary would have meant a 170% increase in compensation for Board members since being elected. I pushed back, as did Director Susie Hooper, because I said it was not at all right for them to be grabbing for increased salaries when so many of our Citizens are barely coping financially with the fall-out of the Covid-19 pandemic. They were not pleased with our push-back, but very reluctantly agreed to put it off until more research on salaries could be done.

And I have also run into strong resistance from this group of nine for wanting to live-stream our Board meetings. In the interests of openness, transparency and accountability, I have been wanting to live-stream our meetings so that any MNBC Citizen anywhere can tune in on the internet and see how we do business of the Nation. They have been strongly resisting this move.

Quite frankly, I am growing tired of the antics of these nine individuals. This latest move of theirs to remove me from the MNC Board of Governors and my responsibilities at the national level on behalf of Métis Citizens just so that they can allow non-Métis in Ontario into our Nation is unconstitutional, contrary to the Bylaws of MNC and is just plain wrong.

To address the issue of MNO and allowing non-Métis into our Nation, I propose holding a referendum of our MNBC Citizens and giving you the opportunity to tell us how to proceed. Please let me know your thoughts by emailing me at [email protected]

Yours sincerely,
Clara Morin Dal Col

President

Attachments: Letter from Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand Proposed Board Motion Re-Assigning Role at National Level

MOTION Date: January 11th, 2021

Motion to Appoint the MNBC Vice-President as the Designated Representative of the Métis Nation British Columbia in relation to all dealings with, and offices of, the Métis National Council.

“WHEREAS:

  1. The Board of Directors of the Métis Nation British Columbia (the “MNBC”) passed a motion on March 4, 2020, stating that: all future issues with respect to the Métis Nation Homeland, Citizenship, or conduct of Métis Nation Governing Members – which are of fundamental importance to the future of the Métis Nation as a Nation and are, therefore, of too great of importance for individual MNBC Board Members to act unilaterally – be discussed and deliberated by all MNBC Board Members prior to decision-making at either the Métis Nation General Assembly or Board of Governors;
  2. The MNBC Board of Directors passed a motion on March 4, 2020, stating that: the MNBC, through its elected representatives, including the MNBC Board of Directors, is entitled to participate in the democratic decision-making of the Métis Nation through the Métis Nation General Assembly and Board of Governors;
  3. The MNBC Board of Directors passed a motion on March 4, 2020, stating that: it is the fiduciary responsibility of all MNBC Board Members to act in the best interest of the Citizens of the MNBC, as well as the Métis Nation as a whole, through their decision-making powers at the Métis Nation General Assembly and Board of Governors;
  4. By motion on December 14, 2020, the MNBC Board of Directors directed the MNBC President or the MNBC Vice-President to act as guided by the majority of the MNBC Board of Directors, and be accountable to the MNBC Board of Directors with respect to all positions presented, votes, and actions with respect to the MNBC’s activities as a Governing Member of the Métis National Council;
  5. By the same motion dated December 14, 2020, the MNBC Board of Directors directed the MNBC President or the MNBC Vice-President to take certain actions, within certain prescribed time periods, to seek for the voiding of the suspension of the Métis Nation Ontario from the Métis National Council and, despite the efforts of the MNBC Vice-President, the MNBC Board of Directors is of the opinion that the MNBC President has failed to take sufficient action, within the prescribed timelines, to fulfil the will of the MNBC Board of Directors with respect to the reinstatement of the Métis Nation Ontario;
  6. The Board of Governors of the Métis National Council consists of the Presidents or designated representatives of each member of the respective Provincial Metis Nations; and
  7. The MNBC Board of Directors wishes to appoint the MNBC Vice-President as its designated representative to the Board of Governors of the Métis National Council and sole representative at the Métis National Council General Assembly, instead of the MNBC President.

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RESOLVED THAT:

  1. The MNBC Vice-President is hereby appointed as the designated representative of the MNBC to the Board of Governors of the Métis National Council;
  1. In accordance with the directions of the MNBC Board of Directors from time to time, the MNBC Vice-President shall have the sole authority to act on behalf of MNBC with respect to any and all affairs between the MNBC and the Métis National Council (including, but not limited to, participation in any and all of the Métis National Council’s portfolios, Ministries, interests, meetings, telephone calls, teleconferences, or videoconferences, or in any dialogue, contact or correspondence with representatives of the Métis National Council or its employees, representatives or contractors);
  1. The MNBC President is hereby directed to cease to act as a representative of the MNBC to the Board of Governors of the Métis National Council and the authority of the MNBC President to engage in any of the activities referred to in paragraph 2 of these resolutions on behalf of the MNBC is hereby revoked;
  1. The MNBC Vice-President is hereby authorized and directed, for and on behalf of the MNBC, to execute and deliver all such other documents, instruments and agreements, and to do all such acts or things, as may be necessary or desirable to give effect to the foregoing resolutions;
  2. These resolutions shall be effective immediately upon being passed by the MNBC Board of Directors.”

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