THE BC UNITED YOUTH METIS YOUTH
The BC United Metis Youth Circle (BCUMYC), an affiliate of the
Metis Provincial Council of BC, was established in 1998 in response to the Metis National Youth Advisory Councils community
consultations held across the Metis Homeland. The Circle brings together Metis Youth from across BC to collectively share
and work on common obstacles, goals and aspirations.
The BC United Métis Youth Circle operates as an arms length committee
under the guidance of the MPCBC. The MPCBC, under the direction of the MPCBC Youth portfolio holder, acts as the advisory,
research and advocacy resource for Métis youth involved with this years UMAYC Project in BC. The Project will be a Métis
youth driven initiative. The BC United Metis Youth Circle is made up of representatives from each of the seven MPCBC
regions in the province. Guidance and support will be provided to the BCUMYC through the MPCBCs Youth portfolio holder on
the Board and the MPCBC Executive Director.
In addition to the MPCBC support, the BCUMYC will be supported
by a Métis Youth Program Coordinator, under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director, to provide
program support to the BCUMYC and to ensure proper coordination and accountability of the BCUMYC initiative and overall UMAYC
objectives are being met. The MPCBC will provide administrative support to the BCUMYC, which includes office and accounting
MPCBC will assist BCUMYC in establishing links with other organizations
which may assist them with their mandate and with contacts with other agencies and departments which may provide funding for
other aspects of BCUMYC program or service components. MPCBC will also facilitate partnership or co-sponsorship arrangements
between BCUMYC and other Metis program services in BC, such as Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement funded services
with Government of Canada and the Metis Child and Family Services Commission funded by the Province of BC. BCUMYC will
also continue participation in provincial and metropolitan urban Aboriginal youth committees, the national Metis youth committee
and cooperation with other provincial Aboriginal organizations (BC Association of Friendship Centres and United Native Nations).
Some training will be provided in seeking for additional funding sources and fund-raising.
The BCUMYC is also affiliated with the Metis National Youth Advisory
Council as well. The BCUMYC continues to support national initiatives within the National Metis Youth Agenda.
Metis Regions have been consulted regarding membership of the
BCUMYC. Regional nominations were reviewed and recommendations made for membership to BCUMYC have been approved by the
That the BCUMYC will provide
leadership and advocacy for
Metis Youth of British
Columbia in a respectful and
We will learn, promote and protect our distinctive Metis Culture.
We will respect and learn from
our Elders in all that we do.
We will develop and provide
leadership for Metis Youth.
We will advocate to empower
Metis Youth to actively participate and be involved in Metis governance.
We will advocate Metis Youth
issues and concerns.
We will communicate in a timely
and effective manner.
We will be responsible and accountable
for all that we do.
As per the above discussion,
the Committee established the following priorities to be addressed by community Youth projects:
Youth project Priorities:
school completion and educational achievement,
skill development for employment,
recreation and wellness,
career counseling and training,
confronting racism and violence issues,
cultural awareness and growth,
peer and/or professional counseling, and
other measures that equip and encourage Metis youth to deal
with life challenges and improve their life prospects.
The new BC United Metis Youth Circle is excited about their
new Vision and Mission and look forward to working with the Metis Youth in BC to develop leadership and communities and in
addressing the many challenges and opportunities that exist for Metis Youth today. The BCUMYC also looks forward to
working much more closely with the MPCBC to get Metis Youth more involved in Metis governance at local, regional and
provincial levels. The MPCBC supports this important aspect of the BCUMYCs work as this participation helps develop
tomorrows leaders for the Metis Nation and ensures the MPCBC are sensitive to the issues and concerns of Metis Youth in BC.
1 (Vancouver Island) Youth Rep is Mark Telosky