Submitted by: MNO Community Relations Coordinator Glen Lipinski

Three Council Participate In Governance And Finance Training -photo
(Left-right) front row: Deanna Cooper, MNO Greenstone
Métis Council President William Gordon, Kelly Camacho
and Senator Patricia Dryden. (Left-right) middle row: MNO
Thunder Bay Métis Council President Jean Camirand,
Senator Ken Simard, Allan Gordon, Mike Reneaud and Tim
Sinclair. (Left-right) back row: Madeline Dennhardt, Brian
Prarie, Trudy Bellamy, Raymond Dufault, Lori LaForme,
Wendy Houston and MNO Superior North Shore Métis
Council Trent Desaulniers. Click here for larger picture.
On September 23 and 24, 2017, The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Community Relations Coordinator Glen Lipinski facilitated a Governance and Finance Training for the MNO Thunder Bay Métis Council (TBMC), MNO Greenstone Métis Council (GMC) and the MNO Superior North Shore Métis Council (SNSMC).

The 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.

Through funding provided by the New Relationship Fund, the MNO has been able to continually develop and deliver Governance and Finance Training that helps improve community councils perform their work.

Since the MNO has offered this training, the following community councils have participated: the MNO Moon River, Sunset Country, Kenora, Northwest, Windsor, Clear Waters, High Land Waters, North Bay, Temiskaming, Northern Lights, Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Area, Niagara Region, Peterborough and District Wapiti, Grand River, Credit River, Toronto and York Region, Sudbury, Ottawa Region, North Channel, Great Lakes and Georgian Bay Métis Councils.

The course is a two-day seminar held locally that 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.

The MNO will be updating these training programs in the coming months based on feedback from community councils.

October 19, 2017