Vote for Daniel Pitman

VOTE FOR DANIEL PITMAN

“Working to build solutions through   

Communication, Connection and Collaboration.”

Tansi kiya’wow, Daniel Pitman dishinikashoon. (Hello to all Daniel Pitman is my name). I am six generation Red River Métis. I have lived in the Okanagan for 60 years. I was President of the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association from 2006 to 2012. I became a MNBC Board of Director and Minister for Children and Family in 2012 to present. I have over 35 years’ education and work experience in Social Services and Counselling. I firmly believe in family values as they relate to culture, tradition and character. I believe Métis culture and pride are vital to our children as they are the most valuable asset we have for now and the future. I believe in ensuring our MNBC Governance allows for communication, connection and collaboration to build strong Métis Communities. I believe in working relationships between Métis Communities and the First Nation Bands in Region 3 to build strength through networking and event sharing to promote our Indigenous Pride. I believe in supporting our Veterans, Elders, Women and Youth to ensure their rights are adhered to, stimulate health services, build education financial assistance and recognize their contributions to our Nation. We need to support our youth with their education and provide financial support for their post-secondary education without limitations. We also need to ensure we support Metis Early Learning so families have a head start to their education and Childcare so mothers and fathers can have their children cared for while they are working to earn a living. In June of 2018 MNBC and MCFD signed a letter of commitment to start the jurisdiction transfer of children and youth in care back to the Metis Nation and this work needs to continue to completion. Maarsii poor tii tashi (thank you for your time). I am running for Region 3 Director in the MNBC Provincial Election.

What I have achieved in representing the Metis Nation British Columbia to date:

2006-2012:

  • President of the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association
    • Wrote and had approved 5 ACT Now Project Proposals
    • Wrote and had approved 3 Louis Riel Event Proposals
    • Wrote and had approved 5 Aboriginal Day Event Proposals
    • Wrote and had approved proposals for participation in the Peachfest Cultural Village
    • Participated in the MNBC Adoption Resolution Committee that enhanced the MNBC Citizenship Registry to include many previously unrecognized Métis Citizens.
    • Participated in the MNBC Legislative Standing Committee and MNBC Interpretation Act Committee
    •  Participated on the Okanagan Skaha Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
    • Presented a Sash Ceremony to Metis Graduates each year.
    • Actively engaged with the Métis Community Services Society of BC and the Métis Commission to ensure our Métis Children and Youth in care had proactive representation during Adoption hearings.

2012-2016:

  • Region Director
    • 2012-2013
      • Appointment as Minister for Culture, Heritage and Language
      • Appointment as Minister for Children and Family
      • Developed Website, Blog, Linkedin Connection and Facebook Site for Region 3 Thompson Okanagan
      • Held 4 Regional Governance Council Meetings
      • Attended 6 Region 3 Chartered Community AGM’S
      • Held a Regional Information Session in Kamloops BC
    • 2013-2014
      • Assisted in the signing of Louis Riel Day Proclamation in Penticton BC
      • Contributed to the development of the MNBC Strategic Plan
      • Contributed to the revisal of the Metis Nation Relationship Accord
      • Chaired the structuring of a new Chartered Community for Ashcroft BC
      • Assisted in the creation of a new Metis Society in Merritt BC
      • Held 3 Regional Governance Council Meetings
      • Assisted in the signing of Louis Riel Day Proclamations in Region 3
      • Attended 6 Region 3 Chartered Community AGM’S
      • Held a Regional Information Session in Vernon BC
    • 2014-2015
      • Held two Regional Governance Council Meetings
      • Held a Regional Information Session in Kelowna BC
      • Assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Merritt BC, the Nicola Valley and District Metis Association formally accepted at the 2015 MNGA
    • 2015-2016
      • Appointment to Governance Committee
    • 2016-2017
      • Appointment as Chair to the Governance Committee
    • 2017-2018
      • Assisted in the creation of a new Chartered Community in Princeton BC, the Vermillion Forks Metis Association formally accepted by the MNGA in 2018.
  • MNBC Minister for Children and Family
    • 2012-2013
      • Signed MOU with Representative for Children and Youth October 2013
    • 2013-2014
      • Signed LOU with Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council March 2014
    • 2014-2015
      • Signed MOU with Lii Michif Otipemisiwak January 2015
    • 2015-2016
      • Signed MOU with Adoptive Families Association of BC February 2016
    • 2017-2018
      • Signed MOU with the Federation of Community Social Services BC
    • 2018-2019
      • Signed Letter of Commitment with MCFD to begin Jurisdiction of Metis Children and Youth in Care
    • 2019-2020
      • Signed new Letter of Commitment with the Representative for Children and Youth BC
  • MNBC Executive Committee Treasurer
    • 2012-2020
      • The debt balance at March 31, 2012 was $7,039,580 and the debt balance as of March 31, 2019 was approximately $2,000,000

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