K-12 Initiatives


Region 6 Elder/leader Angie Crerar working with Rob Kershaw of the Centre for Digital Storytelling, on a digital story of her life as a Métis woman
March 26, 2013
Photo courtesy of Cathy Olstad Photography

Rupertsland Institute recognizes that the Kindergarten to Grade 12 realm constitutes a strong foundation upon which Metis people can achieve lifelong success, whether as future income earners or as responsible and ethical citizens.

Similarly, the Government of Alberta has long recognized the vital role of elementary and secondary education within the lives of Aboriginal people and this commitment is evidenced through the implementation of the “First Nations, Metis and Inuit Policy Framework” (2002). Several innovative programming developments have resulted from this initial policy document, including the provincial government’s identification of “Goal 3: Success for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students” as detailed in the Alberta Education handbook, “Moving Forward: Implementing FNMI Collaborative Frameworks” (Alberta Education, First Nations, Metis and Inuit and Field Services Sector, updated May 2012). The following components are listed within this document as areas of support: i) collaborative partnerships, ii) adaptive organizational practices, iii) culturally responsive educational practices, iv) capacity building, and v) school communities.

In support of this important provincial undertaking, the RLI Education Division has been poised since fall 2012 to recruit an RLI education advisory committee comprised of RLI/Metis Nation of Alberta representatives as well as Metis community members knowledgeable and experienced in education.

As of fall 2012, we have now met with Metis community members across the province on the topic of education and MTE training through a series of 11 community engagement sessions. A more in-depth community consultation on the topic of Metis education and learners is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2013.