Métis Nation of Ontario Signs MOU with Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

January 25, 2010 --- Gary Lipinski, President Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Honourable John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at formalizing the working relationship between the ministry and the Métis Nation of Ontario Education and Training Branch (MNOET) to improve postsecondary education, training and employment outcomes for Métis in Ontario.

“The MOU is an important step toward building a bilateral partnership with the province in the area of higher education,” President Lipinski said. “This MOU is a significant achievement for the Métis people in Ontario because it demonstrates a commitment by MTCU to forge a lasting relationship with MNOET and builds on the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement signed with the province in 2008.”

“Ontario is committed to working with the Métis Nation of Ontario to provide more access to education and training for Métis people all across the province. With education and training, people learn skills to help them participate fully in our economy,” Minister Milloy said.

According to MNO Chair and Education Portfolio holder, France Picotte, “Like the other MOUs that have been signed, this one will help build Métis self reliance by providing the additional tools needed to improve education and training outcomes for Métis attending Ontario’s colleges and universities.”

A working group of representatives from the province, MTCU, the MNO and MNOET will now develop a multi - facetted work plan that will guide the implementation of the MOU. “The signing of this very important MOU will help to ensure the MNO realizes its goal of closing the well-being gap that exists between Métis and other Ontarians because it will lead to well paying jobs and productive citizens. It is a perfect example of what was envisioned when we signed the Framework Agreement with the province in 2008,” President Lipinski concluded.

For more information, contact Jennifer St. Germain

Director Education and Training, 613-798-1488.

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