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The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities with MNO President
Gary Lipinski on April 18, 2012Métis Nation of Ontario President Gary Lipinski met today with the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. While this was the first meeting with Minister Murray, as the former Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba, he is very familiar with Métis issues and has a great deal of experience working with Métis leaders.
The meeting provided President Lipinski the opportunity to talk to the Minister about the many achievements of the MNO in Education and Training including the partnerships the MNO has built with 32 Colleges and Universities in Ontario. President Lipinski and the Minister discussed ideas on how a holistic approach to education could inspire Métis young people. It was suggested that if Métis youth could see concrete examples representing their potential that this would provide a great deal of motivation to encourage taking advantage of all the opportunities open to them.
The meeting with the Minister is part of the on-going process of engagement between the Government of Ontario and the MNO outlined in the historic 2008 MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement and the subsequent Memorandums of Understanding between the MNO and the Ministries of Education and Training, Colleges and Universities.