"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"

About Us

About the Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC (MCCF)

The Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC was incorporated as a non-profit society under the British Columbia Society Act on September 20, 1999. Under the leadership of the original 6 Commissioners the Métis Commission was established as a non-political body to advise governments with regard to services for Métis children and families in British Columbia. These individuals included: Margaret Clement, Sharon Coflin, Keith Jager, Gary McDermott, Robert Simmonds and Tammy Sloan.  Today, the Métis Commission is identified within provincial legislation as the designated Metis community for children, youth and families within the child welfare system throughout British Columbia. Through this legislation, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has a legal obligation to notify the Métis Commission when a Métis child is involved with the child welfare system for any reason. Engaging with MCFD in this process has provided an opportunity for the Métis to share their worldview, values, practices and cultural knowledge, and to begin to supply the current system with culturally safe tools to use when working with Métis children and families.



Mission Statement

As the designated community, we foster a Métis specific child welfare system that bridges relationships between communities, services and government to ensure cultural safety for Métis children, youth and families.



Vision Statement

Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families.



Values

  1. Cultural Significance
  2. Integrity
  3. Respect
  4. Trust
  5. Cooperation
  6. Hope


Purpose of the Métis Commission

  • To restore and strengthen the concept of “community” among Métis people
  • To promote Government and Métis policies and actions that value families, especially the extended family, as the core of society
  • To eliminate poverty and promote the self sustaining capacity of Métis individuals and communities
  • To promote the traditional Métis social values of vigorous respect for individual autonomy and service to the community
  • To protect Métis children as the core of Métis communities and the of the future of Métis people



Goals of the Métis Commission

Advise: Regarding services to Métis children and families of BC

Promote: And preserve the retention of cultural identities for Métis children and families

Develop: Policies and operational Standards for Métis children and families

Make: recommendations concerning the readiness of Métis communities to deliver services



Featured Resources

Proud to be Metis!: The Cultural Booklet we send to families is now available online!

MCCF Cultural Information Package: A collection of Metis cultural resources and information to support service delivery and planning for Metis children, youth and families.

MCCF Quality Assurance Framework: Continuous Quality Improvement for Métis Children and Family Services in British Columbia, March 2011

MCCF 2011 Provincial Catalogue:
A catalogue to provide immediate contact information about available services to assist the Métis communities, Métis families, Ministry and non-Ministry front line workers in supporting Metis people.