Apr 20, 2022
Posted in: GDI
On March 26, 2022, the members of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) came together at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting. Members were provided with an update report on the most recent year of activities at GDI, including a financial report.
The Institute’s Board of Governors also brought twelve suggested bylaw amendments forward at the 2022 AGM for the membership to consider. Principles guiding the bylaw amendments included considering the best interests of Métis students, maintaining GDI’s strong connection as an affiliate of the MN–S, and preserving the long-term stability of GDI. The bylaw amendments were passed by the voting delegates with a high rate of approval: over 91% in favour on each amendment. Much credit goes to the GDI Board of Governors for shepherding in these bylaw amendments, supporting clarity and good governance practices for the Institute into the future.
The AGM was well attended by the Métis community, including voting delegates from Métis Locals across Saskatchewan. Senator Nora Cummings provided the opening prayer and words of wisdom to keep delegates grounded in their mission. Delegates selected by acclamation Buckley Belanger, former provincial MLA, as the speaker for the assembly. Mr. Belanger adeptly applied principles of parliamentary procedure to run the meeting’s agenda without a hitch.
In addition to the voting delegates, the meeting was attended by Elders, community leaders, GDI alumni, students, staff, and faculty. For those unable to attend the event in person, a Facebook Livestream was created. The Livestream was also well attended online, reaching over 1.5k of GDI’s followers and friends.
Maarsii to all who attended and demonstrated support for GDI at the 2022 AGM.