ACCESS TO FUNDING BEING DENIED BY INDSPIRE. Similar to others across Canada, HSM has faced discrimination towards its students by Indspire, although previously HSM students accessed this funding program. See the following BC Metis Federation article that echoes HSM’s experience in trying to fight back against an organization run be elites, endorsed by government, and receiving funding from large corporate donors.
“In 2004 INAC created a new funding program known as post Powley which focused on Métis citizenship registries. INAC has been requested for years to clarify access for all Métis organizations but this department has continued to ignore or be inclusive. After thirteen years of significant funding of Métis citizenship registries the Métis National Council and their affiliates still do not represent that vast majority of Métis in Canada.
“Furthermore, by making this policy on Métis identity, Indspire is also dismissing the ongoing evolution of Métis identity and key recommendations on Métis identity such as the Senate Report released in 2013 … and the Daniels Case ruling in 2016 regarding Métis and non-status Indian access to all Federal Programs and services. INAC was directed to address three (3) specific recommendation which to date have not been addressed. Regardless it must also be identified that Métis identity was not based purely on the notion of Métis citizenship in the landmark Daniels Case.” See: BC Métis Federation Members Applicants to Indspire Programs FEBRUARY 22, 2017 bcmetis.com/2017/02/bc-metis-federation-members-applicants-to-indsp... See MoreSee Less
BC Métis Federation sent a letter to Indspire President and CEO Roberta Jamieson yesterday, February 21, 2017. The letter is to seek a solution to their denial of members for the important programs. This is a result of long standing issues facing Metis representation in BC and the organization is fi...