MNO and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities continue working together

Submitted by: Jennifer St. Germain, MNO Director of Education and Training

Lipinski and Duguid
Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, the
Honourable Brad Duguid with MNO President Gary Lipinski
during their meeting on April 28, 2014. Minister Duguid is
holding the paddle the MNO presented to him when he was
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

On April 28, 2014, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski met with the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities in Toronto, Ontario. During the meeting, President Lipinski reviewed MNO’s impressive record of providing results focused employment services to Métis in Ontario.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss and highlight progress made on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between the MNO and the Ministry in 2010. Discussions focused on provisions in the agreement that promote closer collaboration on employment and training initiatives.

MNO and the Ministry have established a solid working relationship through a three-year funded work plan, now in its second year. This work plan increased the MNO’s educational capacity including engagement and formalized partnerships with post-secondary institutions, as well as greater outreach on post-secondary opportunities with students and communities and the development and implementation of innovative programs such as the MNO Infinite Reach Student Solidarity Network.

MNO and the Ministry continue to share a desire to work together to encourage youth to aspire to their highest potential and close the gaps that exist in education and employment for Métis in Ontario.