NOTICE OF VOTE:

Province-wide Plebiscite on Next Steps Related to Registry Review

To: Citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario (“MNO”)
From: Office of the Chief Electoral Officer for the Plebiscite
Re: Notice of Vote – Province-Wide Plebiscite on Next Steps Related to the Registry Review
 
 
 
Consistent with Resolution No. AGA220820-02 adopted by the 2022 MNO Annual General Assembly, a province-wide plebiscite vote (“Plebiscite”) has been called, that will give all MNO citizens an opportunity to have their voice heard by voting either “Yes” or “No” on the following Ballot Question: 
 
Should all existing members/citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the MNO Secretariat, whose files do not meet the current requirements for citizenship as set out in the MNO Bylaws and Registry Policy, be removed as members/citizens?

PLEBICITE VOTING PERIOD:

December 8, 2022 at 8:30am (ET) to January 22, 2023 at 6:00pm (ET) 


VOTING DAY: 

The voting date (i.e. final day to cast a vote) will be January 22, 2023 at 6:00pm (ET)


 
VOTER ELIGIBILITY:
All registered MNO Citizens – irrespective of their citizenship file status – who are sixteen (16) years of age or older, and not subject to voting limitations under the MNO Bylaws, are eligible to vote in the Plebiscite.
 
VOTING METHODS:
Voters may vote in the Plebiscite by either mail-in paper ballot, electronically, or by telephone. Information packages with detailed instructions on the various voting methods will be mailed out to the home addresses of registered MNO citizens, as provided to the MNO Registry. Voters may also contact the Chief Electoral Office up until January 12, 2023 to request an mail-in Paper Ballot and/or PIN for Telephone or Electronic Voting if the Voter did not receive or lost the original information package.
 
  • Mail-in Paper Ballots: Paper Ballots and instructions will be included in the information package mailed out to Voters. Paper Ballots may be delivered to the Chief Electoral Officer by mail, courier, or hand delivery, and must be received by the Chief Electoral Officer no later than 6:00pm (ET) on January 22, 2023. 
  • Electronic Voting: Electronic voting will commence on December 8, 2022 at 8:30AM (ET) and it will close January 22, 2023 at 6:00PM (ET). If you wish to vote electronically, click the link below and then click the red “Sign Up with OneFeather” or “Vote with OneFeather” button and follow the instructions provided. You will be required to provide a personal email and verify your identity in order to vote electronically. You will be guided through the step-by-step process. Visit this link to get started: https://www.onefeather.ca/nations/mno
  • Telephone Voting: Instructions for telephone voting will be included in the packages mailed to Voters. Telephone voting will commence on December 8, 2022 at 8:30AM (ET) and it will close January 22, 2023 at 6:00PM (ET). If you wish to vote by telephone please follow the telephone voting instructions provided separately or visit https://www.onefeather.ca/nations/mno for more information.
 
CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER:
Paul DeVillers has been appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer responsible for overseeing the conduct of the Plebiscite in accordance with the MNO Registry Review Province-Wide Plebiscite Vote Guidelines. The Chief Electoral Officer can be contacted by phone at 1-800-263-4889 ext 344 and via email at plebiscite@metisnation.org.
 
FURTHER INFORMATION: