MNO North Bay & Mattawa Métis Councils participate in Governance and Finance Training

North Bay Mattawa training
North Bay Governance and Finance training participants. (left to right) Front Row: Denis Tremblay,
Julienne Pedneault, Marlene Greenwood, Joel Laroque, Romeo Sarrazin, Nelson Montreuil; Back
Row: Roger Pedneault, Michel Sarrazin and Marc Laurin

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. 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 April 6-7, the course was offered to the MNO North Bay Métis Council and MNO Mattawa Métis Council in North Bay. In the past, courses have been available in Ottawa, Atikokan, Sudbury, Niagara, Peterborough, Grand River, Credit River, Milton, Windsor, Toronto 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 the role of community councils as the MNO’s local governments, whose structure and purpose is coordinated through each council’s charter agreement with the MNO. 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.