MÉTIS NATION BRITISH COLUMBIA VERY PLEASED WITH SEC. 35 MÉTIS RIGHTS MEETING WITH MINISTERIAL SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TOM ISAAC

BC’s Working Group on Sec.35 Métis Rights held a very valuable and beneficial meeting with Tom Isaac on July 22nd in Vancouver discussing all aspects of Sec.35 Métis Rights in British Columbia and MNBC’s proposal of effectively addressing Métis Rights and Benefits in the province.

Mr. Isaac was appointed by federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) the Hon. Bernard Valcourt in early June as the Minister’s Special Representative (MSR) to meet with Métis organizations and others to map out a process for dialogue on Sec. 35 Métis rights. Mr. Isaac is a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal law. Part of his mandate also includes engaging with the Manitoba Métis Federation on the 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision pertaining to the Métis lands issue in Manitoba.

The meeting between MNBC’s Working Group and Mr. Isaac lasted more than three (3) hours and covered many important issues establishing Métis rights in BC including the history of Métis in British Columbia, especially prior to 1858, Métis governance in BC, and such key Métis rights as wildlife harvesting and sharing, fishing, trapping, gathering, domestic timber harvest, migratory bird harvest and the mobility of rights. The Duty to Consult and Self-Government were also important subjects of discussion. Mr. Isaac was very interested in all the prepared material supporting MNBC’s position on Métis rights, including MNBC’s proposal of effectively addressing Métis rights and benefits in British Columbia.

President Bruce Dumont who chaired MNBC’s Working Group described the meeting as “excellent and without precedent” and was pleased with the quality of discussion that took place. He said, “Mr. Isaac is very knowledgeable about all of the various Court decisions involving Aboriginal people generally and Métis people specifically, and clearly understands the distinctiveness of Métis people in this country and the importance of Sec.35 to us.”

In addition to President Dumont, the Working Group was comprised of Regional Director Lissa Smith (MNBC’s representative on the Métis Right Panel), Rob Humpherville (BCMANR Regional One Captain and BCMANR Co-Chair, Chris Gall (MNBC’s Director of Natural Resources) and Dale Drown (MNBC’s Chief Executive Officer).

Mr. Isaac will be working on his report for the balance of the summer and this fall, and must table it with the federal Minister by December 18, 2015.

Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity

Aug-Sept 2015

BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Development Camps

BC Aboriginal Provincial SOFTBALL Camp
Hosted by Ooknakane Friendship Centre
September 26-27, 2015Penticton, BC
Contact:  Kevin Ned, kned@friendshipcentre.ca

  • Save the date!  Details to be announced soon.
  • Male and female players welcome
  • Ages 11 – 17 (born 1998-2003)

* Please note the details for Provincial Development Camps in the sports of archery, athletics (track & field), badminton, rifle, volleyball and wrestling will be announced at a later date.

Event details and registration information can be found on our Events Listing on our Facebook page.  For more information on the 2015 BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Sport Development Camps, please visit our Facebook page atfacebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil under the Events tab or our website at www.aboriginalsportbc.ca, or, contact Alissa Derrick or Lara Mussell at PH: 250-388-5522; E: teambc@bcaafc.com.

Good news from Elections Canada

Great news from Elections Canada. They have confirmed that the MNBC Citizenship Card and other Métis issued cards will be accepted for identification purposes at the polls this October when the election is held. It was not on the originally approved list of accepted identification, and we raised the issue directly with Elections Canada. We understand that Métis Nation Ontario had also raised the same concern. The request was considered by senior officials of Elections Canada, and they have now approved the use of Métis cards – this would include cards issued by a Métis Community. MNBC can take particular pride in knowing that it is our MNBC Citizenship card that is being circulated to all Elections Canada field offices as an example.

Here’s the link below to take you directly to the Elections Canada site that lists the accepted identification:

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=ids&document=index&lang=e

Call for Interests Regional Employment and Training Committee Members (RETC) Deadline July 22, 2015

Expressions of Interest Invited to fill RETC Vacancies

RETC vacancies exist in Region 1 (Vancouver Island & Powell River), Region 3 (Thompson Okanagan) and Region 6 (North West).

The Criteria for the position:

  • Must be a Métis Citizen or self-identified Métis person residing within the region
  • Must be willing to serve as a RETC member for two years
  • To be considered, an eligible individual must submit a short bio or cv with their expression of interest to the Director of the Métis Employment & Training Program

The Process:

  • A letter expressing your interest to be emailed to Arlene Lambert – A/Director of Métis Employment & Training at alambert@mnbc.ca
  • A short bio or cv needs to be included in the expression of interest
  • Both documents to be emailed to Arlene Lambert no later than 12 noon PM (Pacific) Wednesday, July 22, 2015
  • The successful RETC member will be chosen by the respective MNBC Regional Governance Council (RGC)

For further information:

Contact Arlene Lambert  – MNBC A/Director of Employment and Training at alambert@mnbc.ca

Deadline for applying is no later than 12 noon PM (Pacific) Wednesday, July 22, 2015

About the RETC: Regional Employment and Training Committees (RETC) are established in each MNBC region in British Columbia to ensure fair and equitable access to funding assistance provided through the Métis Employment and Training Program (METP), and to be able to assist the Regional METP Coordinator when requested in dealing with challenging files.  The RETC will hear appeals from individuals who wish to challenge a decision of the Regional METP Coordinator declining their application for funding. The RETC also may review applications for funding where amounts requested exceed certain levels or applications that could pose a high level of risk or present other potential problems. These are volunteer positions.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – MNBC Ministry of Youth (Métis Youth BC)

NOMINATION CALLS ARE OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING PROVINCIAL AND REGIONAL POSITIONS

Provincial Youth Chair for Métis Youth BC / MNBC Minister of Youth

The Provincial Chairperson of BC Métis Youth Kate Elliott has served notice of resignation to pursue her medical studies at a university outside of British Columbia beginning August 2016. Therefore nominations are invited to fill the position on an interim basis until general elections are held in 2016.

The Criteria for the position:

  • A resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months
  • Of the age 15 to 30 years
  • MNBC Registered Citizen

The Process:

  • A letter of nomination required from a MNBC registered Citizen aged 15 to 30
  • A letter of willingness to let their name stand for the position from the person being nominated
  • Both documents to be emailed to the MNBC Chief Executive Officer c/o Tracey Thornhill, Executive Assistant no later than 12 noon PM (Pacific) Wednesday, July 22, 2015
  • The process of selecting the successful candidate will involve the Métis Youth BC Committee (MYBC), the MNBC Board of Directors and the MNGA
  • The successful candidate will sit as the Interim Provincial Chairperson for BC Métis Youth and be a member of the MNBC Board of Directors and of the MNGA

For further information:

Closing Date for PROVINCIAL nominations: 12 noon PM (Pacific) Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Regional Representatives for Métis Youth BC (MNBC Ministry of Youth)

There is presently a need for regional youth representatives in the following regions:

  • Region 1 – Vancouver Island & Powell River
  • Region 6 – Northwest
  • Region 7 – Northeast

Closing Date for REGIONAL nominations – None

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About the Ministry (MYBC)

The Ministry of Youth, also known as MYBC, is a voluntarily driven youth governing body that represents and advocates on behalf of Métis youth at the community, provincial and national level. The Ministry of Youth ensures that Métis Youth are involved and engaged in all levels of governance, both within and outside of the Métis Nation British Columbia.

MYBC Mandate

The Ministry of Youth is composed of seven (7) Regional Youth Representatives and a Provincial Youth Chairperson; the members of the Committee are all elected by the youth in their regions. From these eight positions an executive is also formed. The Provincial Youth Chairperson also holds a voting seat on the Board of Directors and is the Minister Responsible for Youth (and any other Ministry appointed by the President of MNBC).

As political representatives for Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC), the members of the elected Regional Representatives work within their respective communities across the province. The Ministry of Youth is continually lobbying each of the Communities to ensure they have a Community Youth Representative to facilitate the flow of communication to and from the grassroots level.

For further information: Contact Colette Trudeau – MNBC Director of Youth