Nova Métis Heritage Association is starting an exciting and inspiring new chapter, with an aspiration to renew our Purpose, Mission, and Focus, on creating a Métis cultural repository and be a heritage for cultural expression of the Métis. A community to preserve the past, and build awareness and organize events celebrating Métis culture for the present and future Métis generations to explore and enjoy. Nova Métis aspires towards a renewal of its foundation, to honour Ken and Joyce Fisher, and other prominent members, with their hoped vision to bring alive Métis culture and share its cherished and distinct ways.
In 2005, Nova Métis signed a “Community Governance Charter”, a charter agreement with MNBC, to build and support the budding and growing Métis communities in Surrey and BC, and help foster a Métis self governance. On October 23, 2021, MNBC through its Regional Governing Council in Region 2, resolved to discontinue the charter agreement with Nova Métis. After much deliberation within the Nova Métis Board, we decided to counter this decision and call the question as a Resolution to our members at our November 28, AGM, in summary: Does Nova Métis work to concede to the opinion of the MNBC RGC, or take this opportunity to renew and rebuild its Purpose, Mission, and Focus? The Resolution passed, to discontinue the charter agreement with MNBC.
The Nova Métis board did not enter into any of this lightly nor without due consideration and fiduciary responsibility of Nova Métis members. This effectively disengages Nova Métis as a direct member of the governance framework within MNBC, and the Nova Métis President or Vice President no longer have a seat at the MNBC MNGA.
For Nova Métis members, we have tried to summarize the effect this will have in a list of possible questions and answers, a FAQ (link). Nova Métis members who are also MNBC citizens, remain MNBC citizens. As Nova Métis will no longer be a “chartered community”, MNBC will reassign those citizens to their new Region 2 chartered community within Surrey and Delta, for the MNBC governance.
Nova Métis is embarking on a renewed beginning, and with a renewed Purpose, Mission, and Focus, we ask You, what can and should Nova Métis offer its members and the Métis community?
Nova Métis Heritage Assocation, at our AGM on November 28, 2021, passed a Resolution to discontinue the charter agreement with MNBC.
On October 23, 2021, MNBC through its Regional Governing Council in Region 2, resolved to discontinue the charter agreement with Nova Métis. After much deliberation within the Nova Métis Board, we decided to counter this decision and call the question as a Resolution to our members at our November 28, AGM, in summary: Does Nova Métis work to concede to the opinion of the MNBC RGC, or take this opportunity to renew and rebuild its Purpose, Mission, and Focus? The Nova Métis board did not enter into any of this lightly nor without due consideration and fiduciary responsibility of Nova Métis members.
For our Nova Métis members, we have tried to summarize the effect this will have in a list of possible questions and answers, this FAQ (frequently asked questions):
Q) How does this effect my Nova Métis or MNBC Membership?
This does not change your membership within Nova Métis, or your citizenship within MNBC. As Nova Métis will no longer be a chartered community with MNBC, the Nova Métis President or Vice President will no longer represent MNBC citizens at the MNBC MNGA.
Q) Can I still complete my MNBC membership and citizenship using my Nova Métis membership for community acceptance?
It is assumed by Nova Métis, MNBC will foster a transitionary period, where Nova Métis members will be accepted, until MNBC establishes a new charter community to assign the Region 2, Surrey and Delta, constituents into.
Q) Why did Nova Métis put forth the Resolution to discontinue the charter agreement with MNBC?
On October 23, 2021, MNBC through its Regional Governing Council in Region 2 (RGC 2), resolved to discontinue the charter agreement with Nova Métis. The Nova Métis Board felt it was our fiduciary responsibility to bring this as a question to our members. Nova Métis President, Harland Coles, wrote a response to the RGC which summaries some of the issues that converged to this outcome.
Q) How do I participate in this exciting new chapter with Nova Métis?
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural board of directors and the election their Executive – President, Corinne McKay, from the Nisga’a Nation, Vice-President Alan Edkins, from the Métis Nation BC, and Secretary Treasurer Cheryl Charlie, from Sts’ailes. They will lead the nine-member board of directors as the organization transitions out of its host agency, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC). During their nine-month term, the board will work collectively to roll-out I·SPARC’s governance plan, bringing them to the first annual general meeting to be scheduled early in the new year. Continue Reading Here...
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The Coronavirus pandemic has put the world on a new track, and the new social norms required to slow the spread of the virus are putting strains on our daily lives.
First, we can offer a curated list of some useful links, please check our Nova Metis Compiled Reference for COVID-19.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Ken Fisher, our President, community
leader, fellow Metis, and Friend.
He guided Nova Metis Heritage Association since its inception with stature and humility. He never backed down in standing up for the Metis community and being steadfast in representing the Metis people.
Ken Fisher and your beautiful wife Joyce, will both be sorely missed.
BCMF: Mourns Loss of Board Member and Friend Ken Fisher
Update April 5: Nova Metis received another letter from MNBC, which was hoped would clarify their earlier statements, and we provide a further response. We ask them to come to the table and carry their responsibility and act with due dilegence to strengthen our Metis communities, as opposed to what seems to be the received intent.
MNBC Letter of Response to Nova March 31, 2017
Nova Metis Letter to MNBC - April 5th, 2017
Nova Metis received a letter from MNBC, in their hope, it seems, to stir controversy and incite our members and others to have a poor opinion of our conduct in the Metis community. For a casual reader, and those believing MNBC to be the higher authority, this has probably sown unrepairable doubt. However, for those willing to take the time and read through the letter and our rebuttal attached to this article, our hope is a more reasoned mind will prevail and see it for what it is.
MNBC Letter to Nova January 19, 2017
Nova Letter to MNBC Response March 2nd, 2017
MNBC and Nova Chartered Agreement 2005 Signed
Nova - BC Registrar - Good Standing
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