We have heard from many Métis Nation of Ontario (“MNO”) citizens, including elected leadership, about the need to develop and draft a Code of Conduct (the “Code”) to reflect our values and foster constructive civil and productive interactions. A Code that will provide a strong foundation for discussion, innovation, and community development necessary for MNO’s self-government efforts.

A full version of the Code of Conduct backgrounder can be viewed here:

The MNO is looking to develop a Code that will help to guide the behaviour of all MNO citizens, including MNO elected leadership, in their interactions with each other in all community and public spaces when participating in the collective work of the MNO.

The Code is not intended to limit in any way the democratic right of MNO citizens to advocate for changes to the MNO or its policies or governance structures, or to disagree with one another. Rather, it will help to ensure that MNO citizens can exercise their democratic rights in a way that is productive, respectful, and positive.

The Code will work alongside other important MNO policies and processes, for example, with respect to conflicts of interest, elections, and workplace harassment. A new independent Commissioner will be appointed to ensure the Code is fairly and effectively applied. Eventually, the Code will become part of MNO’s key laws as we move into self-government.

This backgrounder document is intended to communicate key aspects and principles that will ground the Code and, most importantly, to solicit your views and feedback on important questions. It covers the following topics:

  • Values and rules for a safe and positive environment for discussion and debate
  • Dealing with disputes and Code violations
  • New bodies to support the implementation of the Code
  • Sanctions for breaches of the Code

As input is gathered, we will work to develop a Code for your consideration. In the interim, MNO elected leadership affirm the core values and principles set out in this document and in the MNO Statement of Prime Purpose, and we will apply and draw on those values and principles in fostering respectful and productive spaces and resolving any disputes that may arise in the time before our Code is in place.

Once you have reviewed the backgrounder you can directly provide responses through the this survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23PQXVH. You can also record your input in this Citizen Input Form and return to Sarah Boelhouwer at sarahb@metisnation.org.

If you questions or any issues with completing the form or survey feel free to contact Sarah at 613-798-1488 Ext. 116.

Posted on October 16, 2020

View a PDF of the full MNO Code of Conduct Backgrounder




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