Métis Nation of Ontario Signs Educational Partnership with Lakehead University
(September 8, 2011 – Thunder Bay, ON) Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Lakehead University signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Lakehead University Thunder Bay campus.
The MOU strengthens and formalizes the long-standing positive working relationship between MNO and Lakehead University. The Memorandum of Understanding establishes several key areas for collaboration and partnership including:
- increasing Métis participation in, and access to, Lakehead programs and services
- engaging in joint Métis research initiatives
- promoting Métis content across the curriculum
- ongoing involvement in the development and implementation of the Faculty of Law
MNO President Gary Lipinski said “Lakehead University is the tenth postsecondary institution in the province to recognize and address the unique needs of Métis and to agree to work in partnership to ensure that programming offered at the University addresses those needs.”
The MOU with Lakehead University is part of a larger relationship building process of bilateral partnerships with postsecondary institutions that includes an MOU signed between the MNO and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. According to President Lipinski, “this MOU is a significant achievement for the Métis people in Ontario because it demonstrates a commitment to forge a lasting relationship between postsecondary institutions and the MNO Education and Training branch. The agreement with Lakehead University builds on the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, which the province signed with the MNO over two years ago.”
Lakehead University has a longstanding commitment to fostering leadership and development with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, and advancing the understanding of Aboriginal cultures, heritage, and languages within the University and broader communities.
“We are justifiably proud of Lakehead’s history in engaging Métis students but we must do more, especially in expanding opportunities, increasing bursaries, and expanding research,” says Lakehead University President Dr. Brian Stevenson. “The MNO’s active support for Lakehead’s recent campaign for a faculty of law shows we can best accomplish this through collaboration and partnership. This memorandum is one more step on a long journey.”
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