MÉTIS NATION of CANADA: By the People for the People

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MNOC growing by leaps and bound

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of four new members and the reassignment of one member to the Métis Nation of Canada’s council (board), and welcome the new elected chief of the Wik Wam Sun Oté. All six VOLUNTEERS are proud verified Métis, and eager to contribute their time and talents to the citizens of the Métis Nation of Canada (MNOC).

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DIANE MONTREUIL: Our very own Métis artist extraordinaire is taking the lead of the Arts & Culture Society. Former Education Leader, Diane has spent the last four years promoting the MNOC in both the Education and the Arts and Culture sectors. As a Métis Knowledge Keeper, Diane brings a lifetime of traditional experience and accomplishments. Diane is working with MNOC artists to develop a fine-art exhibit in Ottawa and online beading and tanning workshops for which the MNOC received two modest grants.

KEITH VANDERBEEKE: Semi-retired after spending several years as a construction project manager, developer, appraiser, & leasing manager; he has appeared before many Municipal governments, Tribunals, Superior Court, & Ontario Court of Appeal during his career. Education: Electrical theory award, math & sciences major; full tuition engineering scholarship; electrical & civil engineering; urban planning, residential appraisal; economics, finance, law. Keith is currently preparing the MNOC’s complaint to be filed with the Human Rights Tribunal and the United Nations.

MIKE BINKLEY: Mike served as a Conservation Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for 34 years prior to retirement in 2019 and is familiar with the process that is followed by Conservation Officers when contacting Indigenous people who are actively harvesting fish and wildlife for personal use. A true outdoors enthusiast, he enjoys hunting, fishing, trapping, maple syrup season, milling lumber and gardening. He believes that the establishment of a sound harvest strategy within MNOC is an important step towards recognition for MNOC from the Federal and Provincial governments.

DARIN LONG: Joined the U.S army when he was 17 in an artillery platoon then entered into the Army ROTC program (reserve officer training core) He graduated from there into the Armor division (tanks) as a second lieutenant. Darin rejoined the civilian life after 7 years in the military

LISA BINKLEY: Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Lisa’s research explores Indigenous and settler textiles, Indigenous women's contributions to the fur trade, and the Eastern Métis. She has become an advocate for non-status, Métis peoples, and communities not recognized by the government. In 2021, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in the College of New Scholars and in spring 2022, she was recognized for Excellence in Teaching for Diversity at Dalhousie University.

JEAN-MARIE BOSSÉ – Jean Marie is happily retired and is now filling the shoes of Wik Wam Sun Oté’s former chief Georges LeBel. He looks forward to working closely with the MNOC in the service of his community, and also with his fellow chiefs and community leaders to advance our peoples’ rights and recognition. Welcome, Jean-Marie!

WHO WE ARE - WHAT WE WANT 

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The Métis Nation of Canada was incorporated in 2009 and partnered with the Council of the First Métis People of Canada in 2018. Our governance structure and instruments ensure that leadership and representation of our citizens meet the highest standards of integrity, honesty, accountability, and transparency. Anything less is unacceptable in our eyes. Our leaders are professionals from various business, public, private, and government sectors, with decades of practical experience and specialized skills. They continue dedicating countless hours of volunteer services to their communities and Canada's Métis Nation.

The MNOC promotes unity among legitimate Métis organisations and communities across Canada through partnership treaties. The MNOC seeks recognition for its citizens for the same reason other Canadian Métis do: the freedom to claim our true identity; to maintain our cultural and spiritual heritage; to exercise the right as an Indigenous person to access meaningful programs and services for our people, assistance with education and economic development, safe and affordable housing for our elderly and families, and health care for ailments specific to Indigenous peoples. We claim the right to continue providing food and medicines for our families in the traditional manner still practiced by many Métis, while ensuring sound management of our natural resources. 

The MNOC's mandate is not to encroach on the rights and benefits of the First Nations, but to strengthen friendship and unity with our First Nations Relatives.

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THE MNOC'S STRUCTURE

The Hub: The MNOC adopted the traditional Medicine Hoop as structure, with the MNOC Lead Council acting as the engine or voice for our Métis citizens, treaty partners and Métis communities. The hub is surrounded by two Circles, and divided into four sectors (Regional Councils): the Maritimes (CFMPC), Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada.

Circle in the middle: The leaders of Circles and Societies ensure that ALL our citizens, partners and Métis communities are served and represented in a fair and equitable manner.

Outer Circle: The leader of each partnership treaty, alliances, and Métis community sit on the Lead Council and actively participate fully in decision-making and strategic leadership.

The Métis People: Each sector is in turn divided into regions and communities, so that even the smallest communities are served in a fair and equitable way.

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MNOC’s Gift of Unification to the Metis Peoples of Canada 

On December 19, 2018 Bryce D. Fequet, founder and CEO of the Metis Nation of Canada (MNOC), gifted the organization’s letters of patent to Karole Dumont, Chief of the Council of First Metis People of Canada (CFMPC) in a ceremony blessed and guided by Elder, Herman Dan on the ancestral, unceded and shared territories of the Leq'á:mel, Matheqwí, Qwó:ltl'el and Sq'éwlets peoples in Mission, BC. On behalf of the CFMPC, Chief Dumont humbly accepted this challenge and looks forward to this journey of unification with our brothers and sisters across the land.

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View the video: MNOC-CFMPC Metis Unity 2018 Unité Métisse at:  https://youtu.be/hCB2srFrdwo

View the video : "What Metis Means": https://youtu.be/jVyUbWPUCf0

MÉTIS LEADERS & ELDERS SUMMIT

Thank you for your support and encouragement as we navigated turbulent waters in the last few years, fighting for Justice for ALL Métis, sea to sea to sea. It is clear that we must unify Canada's Métis Nation into a strong PARTNERSHIP for the well-being of our people - not as one group under one umbrella managed by a few board members, but in a true partnership of Métis organisations and communities led by leaders who put the people first.

The Council of the First Métis People of Canada (CFMPC) initiated that unification with partnership treaties with legitimate Métis organisations, followed in December 2018 by the merging with the Métis Nation of Canada (MNOC). We approached CIRNAC (formerly INAC) to contribute modest funding to a summit of Metis leaders. It was turned down, and the government continues to hold summits and sign self-governing agreements with only one western-based Métis organisation.

The leaders and partners of the MNOC invite Leaders and Elders of ALL Metis organisations in Canada to discuss and explore how we can make such a summit happen, whether by province/territory or at the national level, in person or other electronic means. How can we pool our resources to bring the leaders & Elders together to discuss how we can work together to address the gaps and needs for our peoples? The MNOC is willing to start the discussion to coordinate such a gathering. Are you, as a leader or Elder, interested in uniting the Métis? Are you willing to bring your knowledge, expertise, and dedication to the table? Leave us a message and our team will gladly answer it as soon as possible.

 


  • WHO IS MÉTIS? The first Métis People of Canada emerged on the eastern shores in the early 1600s with the arrival of European explorers and their unions with Indigenous women. One of the earliest Métis baptism found was for André Lasnier, born in 1620 in Port Latour, Nova Scotia…

    CONTINUE TO MÉTIS IDENTITY   –  MÉTIS HISTORY   –     MÉTIS ANCESTORS
  • GOVERNANCE: The Métis are one of Canada’s three Aboriginal peoples under s.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. As one of the representatives of Canada’s Métis peoples, the MNOC adopted a Standard of Integrity based on four strong principles: Representation, Registry, Integrity & Accountability…  LEARN MORE

  • CIRCLES & SOCIETIES: Our Circles and Societies work tirelessly to ensure that our people are treated fairly across Turtle Island. Their extensive experience and knowledge are the cornerstone of the MNOC and the guarantee that our heritage will remain vibrant among our descendants…

  • LAW & RIGHTS: The MNOC has retained the services of Westaway Law Firm to secure justice for our people, and our inherent rights to safe housing, home care for our elderly and sick, education bursaries, healthy babies and children programs, and to harvest natural resources traditionally to feed and heal our families… LEARN MORE 

  • ARTS & CULTURE: From its cradle in the east to its expansion in the west, Canada’s Métis Nation celebrates the arts, culture, and traditions born of its blended bloodlines. We embrace our cultural diversity across Turtle Island, while recognizing our Indigenous uniqueness…

    Visit ART …. Visit CULTURE

  • GENEALOGY: Is there anything more compelling and addictive than genealogical research to understand one’s roots, identity, and history? The MNOC is currently building an extensive collection of genealogical and historical records to help you explore your ancestors’ legacy… LEARN MORE

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NOTICE : FRAUDULENT USE OF MÉTIS CARDS

In regard to allegations that some Métis use their citizenship card to avoid paying taxes on purchases. The Métis Nation of Canada (MNOC) and the Council of the First Métis  People of Canada (CFMPC) remind the public that this practice is illegal under the current law and is subject to our zero-tolerance policy for fraudulent use of our cards. Duly proven transgression may result in permanent loss of citizenship and all associated privileges.

We do not support organisations that claim Métis identity but do not register their members through a strict registry process; that are not incorporated or registered in their provinces; and do not adhere to strict accountability and transparency policies. The MNOC & CFMPC work actively towards recognition of our s.35 rights and do not condone actions that would jeopardize our progress. The CFMPC leaders stood at the 2017 Daniels Symposium in Ottawa to speak out against charlatans, fraudulent organisations, and abusers of Métis cards. 

We are ready and eager to work with the government, legitimate Métis groups, and also with First Nations to report fraudulent organisations and abuse of Métis and other Indigenous cards - and continue building on the friendship between our nations.


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