Winnipeg’s Métis Friendship Centre battles with AIM over who sits on the board, and what they can wear
by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, APTN National News, June 15, 2017
Another election was held to create a new board for the embattled Métis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg Wednesday night.
The centre was incorporated nearly 60 years ago – but has been in the limelight lately because of allegations of mismanagement and infighting.
There is hope that the new board will turn things around – but the voting process wasn’t without some heated moments.
The tense moments involved board members and voters with ties to the American Indian Movement who some thought were taking over the board and creating their own agenda.
“The membership has come to an agreement that only five members of the American Indian Movement will be allowed on the board,” announced Kathy Guimond-Doyle, interim chair of the meeting. “They’re not allowed to wear their patches and they are to swear an oath that they’re protecting the interests of the centre and not their group.”