Recent History – 1998
By Mark Nielsen, Daily News Staff, Dec 29, 1998
Now that the Mile Zero Metis Society has an office, some much bigger plans are on the way, and one of these plans is to open an all-native radio station.
Society president Bill Sandberg says the radio station could be filled with news and entertainment aimed at the aboriginal community.
“I think it’s the most important step in drawing our people together,” Sandberg said.
The Society, which has existed since May 1997 is now located in an office at 10417-10th Street. From there, president Sandberg will be pursuing a busy agenda in 1999.
Besides planning the radio station, the Metis are working with the Ministry of Children and Families to transfer programs and services to local communities. An all-Native youth center is being contemplated. And efforts are being made to improve health and education for Metis people.
Similar to the Northeast Aboriginal Council, the Society has also been working to secure jobs on the Alliance pipeline project.
The overall objective of the Society is to work on behalf of the 8m000 or so Metis who live in Northeastern BC. Some 120 people belong to the Society which was established by a group unhappy with how the old Homeland Metis Society was operating.