Metis Education Funding Cut by Government of Alberta
In a letter dated June 7, 2013, the Minister of Education Jeff Johnson stated that there will no longer be any funding support for Metis education activities. The Government of Alberta, however, continues to point to First Nations, Metis and Inuit education as a “priority” within its Education mandate.
Moving to next round of community engagement
In the spirit of working “with, by and for” our Metis communities on the topic of education, we held a second round of community sessions focused on the topic of education with a number of interested communities.
May 11, 2013, 1 pm - Sylvan Lake; May 15, 2013, 7 pm - Pincher Creek; June 2, 2013, 1 pm - Calgary
Education Activities since July 2012
Calgary Catholic FNMI Student Conference, Bishop O'byrne High School
The 2012-13 workplan forwarded by the Associate Director, Metis Education to the RLI Board of Governors and to our provincial government has been described as an ambitious but worthwhile endeavour. In looking to establish a foundation of knowledge for our future activities, we have been critically engaged in analyzing the educational landscape for the Metis people of Alberta through a close look at our past and present government policies on First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners in Alberta. Also, as part of our commitment to working closely with our communities, the Associate Director, Metis Education travelled into six of our 11 community engagement sessions in the fall of 2012 to speak directly with our Metis community members and to gather some of their initial feedback on educational concerns. A second phase of community visits is planned for early spring to take a deeper look at some of the issues that surround Metis education and Metis learners.
In tandem with meeting with Metis community members, the Associate Director, Education has also been active in building relationships with representatives from the provincial government, as well as the Edmonton and Calgary separate and public school boards.
In addition to these activities, the Education division has also fostered good working relations between our nine post-secondary endowment partners through ongoing communication and a series of partner meetings. We are now poised to announce two new post-secondary endowments to support our Metis learners in Alberta in their pursuit of advanced studies by end of March 2013. While several other exciting initiatives are on the near horizon for Rupertsland Institute, it is evident that the Metis people of Alberta are similarly invested in furthering our people’s advancement through meaningful and relevant education.