governanceMNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council participates in the
Governance and Finance Training workshop. (left to right front row)
Christine Skura, Jo-Anne Diamond, Rachel McLean, Senator Alis
Kennedy, Katherine Stewart-McNeil, (left to right back row) Patrick
Diamond, Corey Diamond, President Robert Bird, Will Skura, Marilyn
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) benefits immensely from the dedicated volunteers who are members of our chartered community councils. These hard-working individuals spend hundreds of hours building and strengthening their Métis communities.

Through funding provided by the New Relationship Fund, the MNO has been able to develop and deliver a “Governance and Finance Course” that helps community councils perform their important work. Offered at no cost to MNO Community Councils, the Governance and Finance Course is delivered by Glen Lipinski and Andy Lefebvre, the MNO’s Consultation and Community Relation Coordinators. During the weekend of January 27, the course was offered to the MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council. In the past, courses have been available in Atikokan, Sudbury, Niagara, Peterborough, Grand River, Credit River and Georgian Bay.

The course is a two-day seminar, usually on weekends, in a hotel or meeting hall in each council’s community. The program explains where community councils fit into the MNO governance structure and their role as local government. The course covers everything from how to run effective meetings and engage citizens in council activities to budgeting and the various financial practices, regulations and legislation that community councils follow.