Media Advisory - Métis Leadership and Dignitaries to Announce Selection of Ontario University To Host First Research Chair in Métis Studies



    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis
Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Métis leadership from across Ontario will join
with the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the
Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Colleges Training and Universities and
Paul Genest from the Council of Ontario Universities to formally announce the
Ontario university selected to host the Research Chair of Métis Studies.
    The formal announcement will be made:

    
                         Tuesday, September 30, 2008
                                2:00 p.m. EST

                             Holiday Inn Select
                       970 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario
                               Roof Garden Room
    

    The Chair will be the first of its kind in Ontario. The Chair's goal is
to increase research and create a greater common understanding of the Métis
people in Ontario, past and present, while enhancing the quality of
postsecondary education for Métis students. The announcement will be the
realization of several years of collaborative efforts and work by the Métis
Nation of Ontario with the Ontario Government and the Council of Ontario
Universities to see the Chair become a reality.
    In 2007, the McGuinty Government committed $2 million to support the
creation of a Chair. In 2008, this commitment was enhanced by $1 million. The
successful Ontario university has also committed an additional $1 million to
support the Chair position, bringing the total endowment for the Chair to
$4 million.
    "For the Métis Nation, this announcement represents a new and exciting
chapter in our history as a distinct Aboriginal people. A chapter where the
stories of our people, our communities and our contributions to this province
will finally start to be told. We look to working with the selected university
in order to begin to write the largely untold history of the Métis people in
this province and sharing that history with fellow Ontarians, said President
Lipinski.

    The MNO represents the Métis people in the province of Ontario. The Métis
are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language and heritage,
with an ancestral Homeland that centres around Ontario, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and extends into the Northwest
Territories and the northwestern United States. The Métis played an
instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to share their
culture, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow
Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in
communities from Ontario westward.




For further information:

For further information: or interviews contact: Jen St. Germain, MNO
Education and Training Branch, C: (613) 858-2284, jennifers@metisnation.org,
www.metisnation.org


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