October 21, 2016

Métis Youth Governance

Overview

MYBC is composed of seven (7) Regional Youth Representatives and one (1) Provincial Youth Chairperson; the members of the Committee are elected by Métis youth in their regions. From these eight (8) positions, an Executive is formed.

The Provincial Youth Chairperson holds a voting seat on the MNBC Board of Directors and is the Minister Responsible for Youth (and any other Ministry appointed by the President of MNBC). As political representatives for MYBC, the seven elected members that represent each Region work with their respective Community Youth Representatives to ensure MYBC stays connected with the needs of youth across the province.

MYBC facilitates open discussions about Métis youth issues and challenges to find solutions through governance and policies. MYBC brings together dynamic youth leaders from across BC with incredibly valuable skills and knoweldge. Through meetings, conferences, group discussions, and skill-development workshops, MYBC members are able to identify common issues and challenges that Métis youth face today.

MYBC strives to inspire and empower all Métis youth to proudly own their gifts, talents, and important cultural heritage. MYBC provides Youth with the opportunity to become the leaders of today and tomorrow to build a proud, self-governing, and sustainable Métis Nation.

Be Heard!

MYBC has established a governance structure that is unique and exceptional in its nature. It focusses mainly on the development, nourishment, growth and success of Métis Youth in the Province. MYBC provides Métis Youth with important ingredients that build effective leaders through meaningful skill development, identification of common issues, challenges, opportunities and values.

Advantages and opportunities for Youth through MYBC are:
• Opportunities for travel
• Become a Community Youth Representative and Leader
• Exciting cultural experiences
• Networking with other Métis Youth
• Gain valuable transferrable skills
• Shape the Youth opportunities and direction for Métis Youth in BC

FAQs

What are MYBC’s key accomplishments?
• Obtained a voting seat for the Métis Youth Chair on the MNBC Board of Directors
• Had the Youth Act entrenched in the MNBC Constitution
• Ensure Regional Youth Representatives hold a voting seat on each Regional Governance Councils
• Is a founding member of the United Aboriginal Youth Collective (UAYC) supported through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR)
• Signed an interagency MOU with the UAYC organizations: First Nations Youth Councils of BC Association, BC Assembly of First Nations, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC)
• Signed a MOU with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliations as a member organization of UAYC
• Developed a LearnMichif.com website
• Partner organization, on behalf of the Métis National Council, for the 4Rs Youth Movement
• On-going Métis-specific Youth programming, initiatives and events throughout the Province

What will be my role as a Provincial Youth Chair?
• The MYBC Chairperson is also the MNBC Minister Responsible for Youth and holds a voting seat on the Board of Directors
• Listen to feedback from the Regional Youth Representatives and brings the Provincial Métis Youth voice and priorities forward to the MNBC Board of Directors
• Reports to MYBC on MNBC organizational updates, priorities and opportunities
• Attend all MNBC Board of Director and MYBC Meetings
• Be a mentor and leader

What will be my role as a Regional Youth Representative?
• Report to MYBC on the events that are happening within your region
• Listen to feedback from your Regional Métis Chartered Community Youth Representatives and report to the Minister Responsible for Youth
• Attend and report to the Regional Governance Council Meetings as a voting member
• Be as active within your communities as possible and share information on community events and meetings
• Attend all MYBC Meetings
• Be a mentor and leader

How can I get involved?
MYBC has established a governance structure that is unique and exceptional in its nature. It is focusses mainly on the development, nourishment, growth and success of Métis Youth in the Province. MYBC provides Métis Youth with important ingredients that build effective leaders through meaningful skill development, identification of common issues, challenges, opportunities and values.

If you aren’t ready to become a Regional Youth Representative or MYBC Chairperson, there are many opportunities to get involved at the Community level. Contact your Regional Youth Representative or Métis Chartered Community and ask about becoming a Community Youth Representative. The MNBC website lists all of our Métis Chartered Communities across the Province.

Information on MYBC Elections

When is the Election?
The MNBC General Election takes place every four years. At the time of the election, an election notice will be posted in every Métis Community Office. This is where you can pick up nomination papers and you can also find the address, email and phone number of the Chief Electoral Officer. This will also be posted on www.mnbc.ca

Why should I vote?
You are part of the Métis Nation BC and it is your right to vote! Your vote counts and you have the opportunity to elect someone who you feel can effectively represent Youth in your Region and across the Province. Voting is one way for you to be an active citizen in your own community and affect real change.

Who can vote?
To vote for a MYBC Position you must:
• be older than 15 and younger than 30
• be a MNBC Citizen

*Any MNBC citizen older than 18 can vote for their Regional Director, the MNBC President and the MNBC Vice-President. Female MNBC citizens, older than 18, can also vote for their Regional Women’s Representative.

How can I vote?
MNBC has implemented a mail in ballots system. As a Métis Citizen, you will have your ballot sent directly to you. You can then cast your vote and submit your ballot to the Deputy Returning Officer or Poll Clerk within a period of time that shall be no less than 14 calendar days.

How do I run in the MNBC election to become the MYBC Chairperson?
The MYBC Chairperson is also the MNBC Minister Responsible for Youth and holds a voting seat on the Board of Directors. In order to run for this position, you must:
• be between the ages of 15 to 30
• be a MNBC Citizen
• have been a resident of the Métis Community in British Columbia for no less than one year
• be nominated by someone other than yourself
• accept the nomination in writing
• Obtain a minimum of ten (10) original signatures from MNBC Citizens, who reside in the Province of British Columbia. These people should have not signed another candidate’s nomination papers for the same position.
• provide a criminal record check satisfactory to the Chief Electoral Officer

How do I run to become a Regional Youth Representative?
In order for you to run for one of these positions, you must:
• be between the ages of 15 to 30
• be a MNBC Citizen
• have been a resident of the Métis Community in British Columbia for no less than one year
• be nominated by someone other than yourself
• accept the nomination in writing
• Obtain a minimum on five (5) signatures from MNBC Citizens, who reside in the region you are running in. These people should not have signed anyone else’s nomination papers for the same position.
• provide a criminal record check satisfactory to the Chief Electoral Officer

Why do I need a criminal record check?
Your criminal record check is confidential. It is necessary to ensure that all candidates have never been convicted of a criminal offence carrying a penalty of two (2) years or greater, according to the MNBC Constitution Act.

When do nominations have to be in?
Nominations for any of the above positions must be submitted 30 days before the election date.

Can I run for more than one position?
No, candidates can only run for one MNBC position.

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Did you know?

The Métis Sash served as a temporary tumpline, key holder, first aid kit, washcloth, towel, and even emergency bridle or saddle blanket! It became a sewing kit at times during a buffalo hunt.

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