November 24 and December 4, 2021
- the PCMNO decisions made prior to receiving the IFFA to cash flow up to $65K to each MNO region to support the work of getting to RIAs and RIA work plan;
- the resolution to approve the Terms of Reference for Implementing the MNO Self-Government Agreement & Advancing the Framework Agreement Negotiations (the TOR), and the hiring that was then undertaken to implement the TOR; and
- the resolution to freeze further IFFA spending until such time as PCMNO approves an allocation plan for the use of the remainder of the IFFA funds.
- Developing a Métis Government constitution
- Developing several core Métis Government laws
- Consulting with MNO citizens on the Constitution and MNO Self-Government Agreement
- MNO citizen ratification of the Constitution and MNO Self-Government Agreement
- Funding for existing commitments to MNO Regions under the RIAs
- Funding for RIA work plans and incrementally building self-government capacity across the MNO
- Funding for consultation and engagement with citizens on the MGRSA, core laws, and constitution development
- Funding for the ratification of the MGRSA and constitution
- A reserve fund (for unanticipated costs or special projects)
- The Housing Investment Strategy – building on the commitments made in the Canada-Métis Nation Housing Sub Accord which we signed in 2019, the MNO has recently undertaken a Housing Needs Assessment (2021) which identified the shortage of affordable housing for vulnerable MNO citizens. MNO is committed to increasing homeownership opportunities for citizens and has received specific funding to realize this goal.
- In July 2021, the MNO H&I presented a Housing Investment Business Case to PCMNO that outlined existing and proposed housing related programs and services, as well as an MNO Housing Capital Investment Strategy which PCMNO recently approved.
- That Strategy includes a $15 million investment in real property in four specific communities across Ontario that have been identified as having the most urgent housing needs for MNO citizens.
- Drawing from the Housing Needs Assessment, PCMNO approved the purchase of land in Kenora and Midland, as well as land and pre-purchased housing units in Sault Ste Marie, and in York area of the GTA – more details will be made available in the new year.
- And early in 2022, the MNO will be reaching out to citizens to address housing needs as we develop a MNO Housing & Homelessness Strategy
- As of September 30, 2021, the total MNO Secretariat budget was $107.9 million (referred to Revised Budget) compared to $92.7 million that was presented during the May 7, 2021 PCMNO meeting.
- The MNO recognized $39.7 million in revenues in Q2 which was comprised of:
- $19.9 million ($1 million for Covid) from the Province of Ontario
- $19.3 million ($4.2 million for Covid) from the federal government
- $0.5 million from proponents or other funders.
PCMNO also discussed the Temiskaming Métis Community Council (TMCC), which lost quorum on October 4, 2021 following the resignation of several Councillors. The TMCC Community Code provides for a 9-member council with 5 needed to make quorum required to conduct business.
Prior to the resignations in October, Council had been unable to fill two (2) other vacancies for over four months.
After significant discussion, in accordance with the TMCC’s governance documents the PCMNO resolved the following as next steps to address the loss of quorum: 1) Set the Temiskaming Métis Community Council election date for February 3, 2022; and 2) Appoint Loma Rowlinson, Manager of Community Relations, as the Electoral Officer for the Temiskaming Métis Community Council election. The PCMNO expressed thanks to all who have served on that council and look forward to the outcome of the election process in early February.
- MNO Community Investment Fund
- Guaranteed Investment Certificates – minimum $10,000 per request
- Community Directed Investments developed by a financial advisor.