Submitted by: Glen Lipinski, MNO Community Relations Coordinator

MNO Sunset Country Métis Council members who attended the training. (Left
to right) back row: Roger Gerhard, Wade Nelson and John George. Front row:
Valorie Pelepetz, Yvonne Langlais, Vaughn Murray and Eric Fagerdahl.

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) benefits immensely from the dedicated volunteers who are members of its chartered community councils. These hard-working individuals spend hundreds of hours building and strengthening their Métis communities.

The MNO has been able to develop and deliver a Governance and Finance course that helps community councils perform their important work. Recently, the MNO Sunset Country Métis Council participated in this two-day seminar from May 3-4.

The training was facilitated by MNO Community Relations Coordinator Glen Lipinski. The training 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.