To: MNO Citizens
From: France Picotte, MNO Chair
Date: June 1, 2012
Subject: Resolutions for the 2012 MNO AGA
The 2010 MNO Annual General Assembly (“AGA”) passed a unanimous resolution (AGA-RES10- 02) that all future resolutions brought to MNO AGAs that propose to change the MNO’s governance structures, policies or bylaws must be provided to MNO citizens for review thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the AGA.
The intent of this resolution was to provide all MNO citizens with the opportunity to review, consider and investigate important resolutions prior to an AGA, rather than having significant resolutions being put to the MNO AGA with no advance notice to all MNO citizens, and the MNO as a whole.
In order to implement this resolution, the PCMNO adopted and then the 2011 MNO AGA ratified a formalized process through which all MNO citizens can submit “special business resolutions” to be considered at all future MNO AGAs. This process is outlined in MNO Policy #2011-002. (Click here to view policy)
It should be noted that “special business resolutions” are only those resolutions that propose to change the MNO’s foundational principles, by-laws or policies that have been previously adopted by a general assembly. All MNO citizens attending AGAs can still bring forward other non-special business resolutions to the AGA (i.e., policy directions for the MNO, statements of support for specific initiatives, etc.) without having to comply with the thirty (30) day notice requirement.
This memo is formal notice to all MNO citizens wanting to put forward special business resolutions at the 2012 MNO AGA that they must submit these resolutions to the MNO on or before Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST. It is important to also note that in order for any special business resolution to be considered by the 2012 MNO AGA, they must comply with the policy (click here to view policy).
All special business resolutions received on or prior to the July 13th deadline will then be posted to the MNO website and circulated to PCMNO and Community Councils on or before July 20th, 2012 (i.e., in order to comply with the 30 days notice requirement).
All special business resolutions must be faxed, mailed or couriered to the location below and must be physically received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, July 13th, 2012. No late submissions will be posted or considered by the upcoming MNO AGA. Please send special business resolutions to:
Métis Nation of Ontario
500 Old St. Patrick Road,
Unit D Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9G4
Attention: France Picotte, MNO Chair
For ease of reference, the following provides an overview of the relevant dates for special business resolutions this year.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2012 MNO AGA
June 1, 2012 – Formal Notice for Special Business Resolutions Issued
July 13, 2012 – Deadline for Receipt of Special Business Resolutions at the MNO Head Office
July 20, 2012 – Posting of Received Special Business Resolutions on MNO website and circulation to PCMNO and Community Councils
August 26, 2012 – Start of 2012 MNO Annual General Assembly
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or the MNO Head Office.