Clara Morin Dal Col For President of Métis Nation British Columbia
“The MNBC General Election is now officially underway and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible before September 10 th . I really want to hear from you about what you see as our priorities for the next four years.” Clara
Why am I running for President?
“I am running to make a difference in the lives of Métis people in British Columbia each and every day. As Provincial Chair of BC Métis Women for the past four years and a member of the MNBC Board of Directors I have been part of the decision making process that has helped make MNBC into the strong and stable Métis Provincial Governing body that it is today. As a Métis woman who is very proud of her Métis heritage and culture, I want to see that growth continue so that we can help to meet the needs of all Métis people.
Growth doesn’t just happen. Through my experience in Métis governance at the regional and provincial levels, I know that it takes a Board working together to chart the way forward, and I know that leadership by the President is crucial in helping to bring it all together. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to be our President.”
Why should you vote for me?
“Leadership is not easy and that’s why good leaders recognize the importance and value of working with others. In our case that would be our Board of Directors and our 36 Chartered Métis Communities. Good leaders also have experience in governance. In our case, that is Métis governance. Good leaders also must have the ability to listen to the needs of people and then move to try and address those needs. In our case, that is the needs of our Métis people, and that is what we have been doing in the past four years. Good leaders also must have the ability to represent the interests and views of Métis people in meetings with
other governments at other levels. That is what I have been doing in the past four years in meetings with both federal and provincial Ministers. Good leadership is also about trust and accountability. I have guided myself in both requirements for the past four years, and I intend to continue to do that for the next four years. These are the attributes that I value in a good leader and that I practise. I respectively ask for your support to be your President.”
What are some of the key issues?
“Here are just three – there are many more that I will be addressing in the coming days –
The Daniels decision of the Supreme Court of Canada – This was a very significant decision. It finally gives Métis people in this country the same recognition under the Constitution Act of 1867 as First Nations and Inuit. This was way overdue. But now the hard work begins at the national level to ensure the federal government honors that legal decision by sitting down with us to negotiate future services and benefits for Métis people.
Our culture, heritage and language – We need to double our efforts to ensure that our culture, heritage and Michif language is promoted and supported at all levels but especially with our young people. Our Elders have an important role to play in this effort and I look forward to working with them and our youth to help make this happen.
The proposed National Métis Constitution – We need to have a National Métis Constitution but we (along with Ontario) will never be satisfied with just 5 votes each in the General Assembly compared to 15 for each of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. We will be propose a fairer formula to the other members of the Board of Governors of the Métis National Council.” Leadership is about making a difference in the lives of Métis people
To contact Clara: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 2509188313