RLI Strategic Plan
The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) was initially incorporated in 1928 as the “Métis Association of Alberta.” The organization has been a long-standing advocate on behalf of Métis people in Alberta, working to meet the needs and aspirations of its members.
Today, the MNA’s mandate consists of:
- acting as the representative voice on behalf of Métis people in Alberta;
- providing Métis people with the opportunity to participate in government policy and decision-making processes; and, most importantly,
- promoting and facilitating the advancement of Métis people through the pursuit of self-reliance, self-determination and self-management.
The political will of the MNA President and Provincial Council is delivered through a number of MNA Ministries holding diverse portfolios, including the Ministry of Education, Training and Research (ETR). Over the years, this Ministry has played a significant role in helping to set the strategic direction for the Métis Human Resources Development Agreement (MHRDA). Currently the Minister of ETR, along with the MNA President, represents the MNA’s interests as ex-Officio members on the Rupertsland Institute Board of Governors (see below), thus maintaining the involvement of the MNA in setting strategic direction in not only Metis labour market development, but also within the newly mandated area of Metis education and research. As an affiliate of the MNA, RLI remains accountable to its sole Shareholder - the Metis people of Alberta - as represented by the MNA Provincial Council. While the Minister of ETR reports on an ongoing basis to MNA Provincial Council, the RLI Board Chair holds the responsibility of reporting annually to the general membership at the MNA Annual General Meeting.
Rupertsland Institute was incorporated on July 8, 2010, as a non-profit company under Section 9 of the Alberta Companies Act. Its nine-member Board of Governors is comprised of two representatives from the MNA Provincial Council (as above); three MNA members-at-large; two members from the University of Alberta, and two members from the public and private sectors. Effective October 1, 2010, RLI signed a new agreement under the Aboriginal Skills, Employment, and Training Strategy (ASETS). Following this, the former MNA Labour Market Development (LMD) program became the RLI Métis Training to Employment (MTE) program. The $61.3 million contribution agreement signed in October 2010 with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada extends to the end of March 2015.
The RLI Board of Governors is responsible for the creation and ongoing review of a strategic plan related to the RLI mandated areas of Métis education, training and research, as well as process and operational policies related to board governance. The RLI Board of Governors meet a minimum of four times each fiscal year, and as per the Articles of Association, the RLI governance structure and RLI objectivess are as follows:
RLI objectives are delineated in its Memorandum of Association (2010):
- To educate and increase the public’s appreciation of the Métis culture, and Métis educational attainment, and labour market outcomes;
- To create a forum and institute for the exchange of ideas about the Métis;
- To conduct research into all matters affecting the place of Métis within Canadian society and economy, in the interest of furthering knowledge about the Métis, and to promote understanding and reconciliation of the Métis by the public;
- To develop, manage and deliver programs that assist Métis in achieving their educational and employment goals;
- To develop partnerships with governments, education institutions, other training providers, public/private, sector employers to enhance education and employment outcomes for Métis citizens of Alberta.
Under the mandates of education, training and research, RLI has organized itself into three operational divisions:
- Métis Education and Advancement: to develop and implement K-12 activities along with post-secondary partnerships, endowments, and adult education initiatives
- Métis Training to Employment: to provide province-wide employment assistance services, corporate services, and Keto Data Services
- Research and Professional Development: providing internal support to RLI staff through capacity building initiatives, professional development events, and labour market research activities.
THE STRATEGIC PLAN
Core Values and Principles
- To govern with compassion, sensitivity, fairness, respect, encouragement, hope and promise;
- To advocate individual and collective self-sustainability and self-sufficiency while nation-building in unity and harmony;
- To demonstrate honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency;
- To promote and reinvigorate Métis culture;
- To demonstrate excellence through high performance outcomes;
- To advocate the ideals of a self-supporting and self-sustaining entity; and
- To develop collaborative, respectful and relevant partnerships.
“Rupertsland Institute strives to be recognized as a self-supporting, successful institute that supports and promotes the well-being of Métis citizens and the Métis Nation overall by honoring our Métis traditions and cultural values including compassion, fairness, honesty, and respect. RLI is committed to accountability, transparency and integrity to the Métis Nation of Alberta, its Provincial Council, and its membership, as well as to external partners and funding agencies.”
The vision statement of RLI represents its underlying accountabilities to the MNA Provincial Council and its membership, and to the future aspirations of the Métis Nation: “A skilled and self-reliant Métis Nation through education, training and research.”
The Mission statement reflects the purpose of RLI as it endeavors to accomplish its Vision: “To enhance the individual self- sufficiency and the collective well- being of Métis people through quality education training and research.”
Métis Education & Advancement
- To establish a planning process and policy framework that involves Metis communities and that serves as to form the basis for decisions and actions related to new and existing initiatives in Métis education, and to ensure an adequate factual base is in place for such decisions and actions.
- To consult with Métis citizens and communities on an ongoing basis, as well as with leaders in education and other professionals, to gain a better understanding of the immediate needs and future aspirations of Métis citizens regarding education in Alberta.
- To engage in collaborative partnerships that support and improve educational outcomes for Métis citizens from early childhood, kindergarten to Grade 12, post-secondary study, through to adult education.
- To expand the offerings of awards, bursaries and scholarships available to Métis students, and to investigate other awards programs to determine the status and extent of Métis student access.
- To institute policies and practices that promote viewing Metis education from a holistic perspective.
- To seek additional human and financial resources in order to accomplish Métis education initiatives.
Métis Training to Employment
- To assist Métis people with demand-driven training supports for the Canadian labour market.
- To ensure field operations and administrative practices are consistent with high quality performance, integrity, and results-based accountability.
- To ensure clients receive effective counseling, quality assessments, and relevant information for career decision-making and training supports.
- To develop and leverage program operations and strategic ventures with public and private sector partnerships leading to positive client transitions in the labour market.
- To create, market and develop training initiatives that demonstrate new or innovative approaches to Aboriginal labour market programming.
- To develop organizational capacity to measure, evaluate, and change program delivery, and to determine community and stakeholder satisfaction with MTE programs and services.
Research & Professional Development
- To assist the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research (RCMR) where possible and to ensure RLI is represented on the RCMR governing council.
- To enhance through research, the individual and collective well-being of Métis citizens in RLI mandated areas, and to report research outcomes to the MNA and the Métis community on a timely basis.
- To allocate fiscal resources in support of research activity relevant to Métis education and the Canadian labour market.
Desired Outcomes from the Strategic Plan
RLI shall achieve its vision, mission and goals through an emphasis on:
- Good governance
- Support for Métis culture and the historic Métis Nation
- Holistic approach to programs and services
- Performance measurement
- Recognition for achievement
- Community connections.