[BC Metis Youth] GATHERING OUR VOICES – Metis Youth British Columbia

GATHERING OUR VOICES – Metis Youth British Columbia (MYBC) has secured 5 seats for this year’s Gathering Our Voices.

We are looking for Metis Youth between the ages of 14 and 24 to participated as sponsored delegates. What does this mean? MYBC will cover your registration fees, travel, accommodations and per diems.

GOV will be taking place in Penticton, BC from March 19-22 (Tuesday to Friday).

If you’re interested, please contact me Colette Trudeau at ctrudeau@mnbc.ca or Kate Elliott at kelliott@mnbc.ca

[BC Metis Youth] CALLING METIS YOUTH – The Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective

CALLING METIS YOUTH – The Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective will be hosting their Annual Youth Forum, March 1-3 in Nanaimo, BC. We are looking for 6 Metis Youth who would be interested in participating.

This is a make it or break it moment! If we don’t have all our Youth participants by February 1st, the forum will not move forward. This is an exceptional opportunity to meet Youth from other Aboriginal organizations and participate in some great discussions about health and wellness. If you are interested, please contact myself Colette Trudeau at ctrudeau@mnbc.ca or Kate Elliott at kelliott@mnbc.ca.

Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants

This is the web address where you can locate the information on this grant.

Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants

Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants
Walmart Canada and Evergreen have partnered to offer this national program, funding community-based initiatives across Canada. Projects supported through the Green Grants program include, but are not limited to:
• Native planting initiatives
• Invasive species removal
• Community food gardens
• Youth-based and intergenerational projects
• Wildlife habitat restoration
• Aquatic stewardship projects
• Environmental workshops and educational events
• Community skills sharing workshops
• Projects serving underserved communities
Amount offered: up to $10,000 (up to 50% of project budget)
Application deadline: March 1, 2013, 5pm
Please note that applicants must submit both an electronic copy and a hard copy. Both copies must be received by our office by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
Available to Canadian community groups and non-profit organizations working on community development and environmental initiatives such as those listed above.
• Eligible groups must be working collaboratively with a local municipality, institutional or other project partner(s).
• Projects must be located on publicly accessible lands.
• Previous grant recipients are welcome to apply again. There is no preference given to previously granted organizations and all applications will go through the same review process.
• Projects developed on land belonging to a public school board are only eligible for funding through the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds funding program.
Eligible Expenses
Eligible expenses include:
• Native plant material (plants, trees, shrubs, wildflowers)
• Gardening supplies and tools and other building materials
• Educational and communication materials
• Volunteer expenses
• Health and safety supplies
• Transportation
• Wages, salaries, honoraria and professional consulting services (up to 20% of Green Grant funding requested)
For a full list of what’s eligible and what’s not, please see our Application Guide below.
How To Apply
• Please review the Application Guide and our Proposal Writing Tips for essential information on completing your application.
o 2013 Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Application Form (Word DOC, 315 KB)
o 2013 Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Application Guide (PDF, 467 KB)
• Fill out the application, attach all required materials, and send it in both electronically and in hard copy format by mail or courier. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
• Electronic and hard copies of applications must be received in the Evergreen office by March 1, 2013, 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
Grant Recipient Responsibilities
If your project is selected, you will be asked to:
• Obtain all necessary permits and approvals
• Submit photos, news clippings, receipts and a final report to Evergreen
• Agree to participate, if requested, in the promotion of your project locally and/or nationally (e.g. press release or press event)
Previous Recipients
2012 Funding Recipients →
2011 Funding Recipients →
2010 Funding Recipients →
If you have further questions, please contact:
Ellen Kaross, Assistant, National Programs
In Toronto: 416-596-1495 x312
Toll-free: 1-888-426-3138 x312

Velocity Training Inc. Information Session

Velocity Training Inc. Information Session
Date: January 23rd, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Westhills Aggregates Ltd.
110 Westhills Drive
Penticton, BC

Come out for an informative hour and learn about dates, times, locations and funding options for Velocity Training Inc.’s upcoming training options:

1. Challenge Certificate for Experienced Operators (CEO)
2. Train-The-Trainer for Equipment Instructors (TTT)
3. Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program (HEO)

1. Challenge for Experienced Operator (CEO) Program:
The Challenge for Experienced Operator (CEO) program is designed to allow experienced operators to challenge High Velocity Equipment Training’s (HVET) Government Approved certificate programs and receive HEO certification without attending the full length HEO programs. Experienced operators study course materials in preparation of writing the final exam for HVET Certification on a single machine. Includes study manual, classroom review and written testing as well as field testing on heavy machinery to test for operational efficiency and safety procedures.
PRICE: $2,500.00 per student per machine
2. Train the Trainer (TTT) Program:
This one week FUNDAMENTALS OF FACILITATION program includes all of the elements of training HEO students. Step-by-step techniques for managing a classroom, creating lesson plans, student schedules and learner outcomes in a fast, easy, fun setting where each potential trainer graduates by presenting to a “dragons den” of panelist judges.
PRICE: $4,950.00 per student
3. Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Training:
Velocity Training Inc. offers HEO Career Training through affiliate partner High Velocity Equipment Training (HVET). Each program is delivered on-site within aboriginal communities or industry jobsites.
PRICE: $7,950.00 per student (Government Licenced single-machine )

For more information please call:
Shawn Bonnough 1.250.408.9124 OR Debra Tamagi 1.250.328.4993

Citizenship Cards Issued for Thompson Okanagan as of January 2013

Merritt District Métis Association 88

Two Rivers Métis Association 421

Salmon Arm Métis Association 179

Vernon and District Métis Association 281

Kelowna Métis Association 317

South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association 271

Boundary Local Métis Association 54

TOTAL 1611

** The above stats do not include applicants in progress, citizenship renewal, citizenship pending community approvel or citizenship appeals.

Interesting Times, What are your thoughts?

Federal Court
Cour fédérale
Ottawa, January 8, 2013 – A decision was issued today by the Honourable Michael
Phelan of the Federal Court in file T-2172-99:
Summary: The Plaintiffs ask the Court to issue the following declarations:
(a) that Métis and non-status Indians are “Indians” within the meaning of the expression
“Indians and lands reserved for Indians” in s 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867;
(b) that the Queen (in right of Canada) owes a fiduciary duty to Métis and non-status
Indians as Aboriginal people;
(c) that the Métis and non-status Indian peoples of Canada have the right to be consulted
and negotiated with, in good faith, by the federal government on a collective basis
through representatives of their choice, respecting all their rights, interests and needs as
Aboriginal peoples.
Upon review of the evidence on the record, the Court grants the declaration with respect
to section 91(24); the other two declarations, ancillary in nature, are dismissed.
Roula Eatrides
Media Contact / Liaison avec les Médias
Federal Court / Cour fédérale
Tel. / Tél. : (613) 943-5484