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MÉTIS NATION of CANADA: By the People for the People
It is with deep sadness that the Métis Nation of Canada (MNOC) family bid farewell to one of our beloved treaty partners’ Chief, Gaétan Gauthier, of St-Charles. The world will never be the same without this strong Métis man for whom family, friends, community, and Métis spirituality and culture meant the world. We will miss you greatly, friend, brother, and fellow leader. I will sure miss our long talks, but we rejoice in knowing that you and our beloved Ruth are together again. The MNOC offers its deepest condolences to Gaetan's treasured children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace my great friend.
WHO WE ARE - WHAT WE WANT
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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
NOTICE : FRAUDULENT USE OF MÉTIS CARDS
In regard to allegations that some Métis use their citizenship card to avoid paying taxes on purchases. TheCouncil 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. 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.
Your support and/or donation is greatly appreciated