Strengthening our Métis Nation of Ontario Governance Structures Together
At the direction of the Provisional Council of the MNO (PCMNO), MNO is pleased to launch engagement with MNO leadership and citizens on a number of important governance documents.
Once improved with the input of citizens, and ratified at an MNO Annual General Assembly these documents will work alongside other MNO laws, policies and processes to enable effective and democratic MNO governance as we work toward self-government.
Building Métis Rules of Order
MNO is responsible for providing transparent and accountable government, blending traditional Métis values and traditions with modern-day governing institutions.
Developing a Code of Conduct for the MNO
As the MNO has continued to grow and strengthen its governing structures, we have heard from elected leadership, council members and citizens about the need for a Code of Conduct to compliment the Métis Rules of Order, to foster and facilitate respectful and constructive interactions required for effective and democratic MNO governance.
Based upon this direction, input from a citizen survey, and several meetings with the Provisional Council of the MNO (PCMNO), the MNO has been working to develop a draft Code of Conduct (the Code) document. On February 5, 2022, PCMNO approved a draft version of the Code and is now initiating a broader engagement processes inviting feedback from all community councils, advisory councils and citizens.
Feedback from this engagement will be incorporated into a final version of the Code that will be ratified at a future MNO AGA.
Crafting Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy
MNO is also taking this opportunity to update MNO’s Conflict of Interest Policy for Elected Officials originally passed in 2015, and to add to it a Confidentiality Policy.
On February 5, 2022, PCMNO also approved a draft of a new Conflict of Interest & Confidentiality Policy for engagement purposes, updating and expanding on MNO’s existing Conflict of Interest Policy for Elected Officials originally passed in 2015.
Unlike the Code of Conduct, which would apply to all MNO citizens, the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy will only apply to elected officials. The Policy will helps ensure elected officials participate in MNO governance free from any improper or inappropriate personal conflicts of interest, and that they maintain confidentiality as they participate in our governance work.
Situating the Code of Conduct & Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy
The Code of Conduct and the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy will support MNO as we work toward self-government and developing our core laws