Submitted by: MNO Community Relations Coordinator Glen Lipinski

MNO Toronto And York Region Metis Council
The MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council members
(left-right) front row: Shirley Debassige, Kezia Picard,
Senator Constance Simmonds, Chair Todd Ross. (left-right)
back row: Marilyn Hew, Tera Beaulieu, Mike Berg, John
Budarick. Click here for larger picture.
On October 14-16, 2017, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Northern Lights Métis Council (NLMC) participated in a Governance and Finance Training that was held in Cochrane and on November 4-5, 2017, MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council (TYRMC) received their training in Toronto. The training workshop was facilitated by the MNO Community Relations Coordinator Glen Lipinski.

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.

MNO Northern Lights Metis Council (2)
The MNO Northern Lights Métis Council members
(left-right): Dennis Beaulne, Jackie Courville, Aurel Courville
Gerry Courville, Chris Lalonde and President Doug Hull.
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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.

Posted: November 20, 2017