HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – River of the Peace Métis Society is receiving around $40,000 to support community members

The funding announced Monday comes from Métis Nation British Columbia through several streams, including the Community Capacity and Cultural Access Grant (CCCAG), COVID funding from Indigenous Services Canada, Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) funding, and SITEM c skills capacity assessments funds.

The CCCAG funding is for Métis Chartered Communities to serve resident’s needs and support cultural activities. The SITEM money will help Métis regions assess their skill inventory and training needs.

“MNBC’s Cabinet has heard from our Chartered Communities that providing more resources is badly needed,” says Paulette Flamond, Director for Region 7. “In expanding the funding available to our grassroots Citizens, we can great more opportunity for success in our Métis communities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help our community display and promote their unique heritage with a variety of workshops, therapies and cultural sessions,” says Valerie Paice, President of the River of the Peace Métis Society. “We are extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity for our members.”

Before the 2020 Annual General Meeting, MNBC announced a $1 million investment into Chartered Communities. Community presidents were consulted in March to gain feedback on the 2021/22 budget, says MNBC.