Health Agreement Signed Between Metco Ventures Inc. and Metis National Council

    WINNIPEG, MB, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, Managing Director of
Metco Ventures Inc. Rick Boucher, also Vice President of the Metis Nation of
Alberta Region 1, and Metis National Council (MNC) Vice-President David
Chartrand, MNC Minister of Health, signed a one-year Metis Health Human
Resources Initiative (MHHRI) agreement providing nearly of $1.5 million to
increase Alberta Metis capacity in the health field and to support Alberta
Metis students in health-related career studies.
    "Health care is a major challenge for our people. We know that this
agreement we signed will be beneficial to our Metis students and our families
across the province of Alberta," said Vice President Rick Boucher. "As part of
the agreement we will be able to support our Alberta Metis students and
provide needed resources to assist them to pursue health careers."
    "I want to thank Mr. Boucher and the Metis leadership in Alberta for
working together to ensure that Alberta Metis students will have equitable
access to health education opportunities," said MNC Vice-President Chartrand.
"With today's signing, this initiative is now accessible by all Metis students
across the Homeland."
    "I also want to thank the Honourable Tony Clement, and Health Canada, for
the continued partnership and support for Metis health initiatives with the
Metis Nation across our Homeland," Vice President Chartrand went to say. "Our
partnership with Health Canada marks the beginning of our People accessing
opportunities in health. This is a win-win for everybody."
    The MHHRI is part of a three-year $10 million national package of
initiatives developed to help Metis post-secondary students with bursaries and
scholarships to pursue their studies in medicine, dentistry, psychology,
social work, pharmacy, nursing and other fields. This agreement further
enables enhanced resources for capacity to ensure that the Metis Citizens in
Alberta will be included in the millions set aside in Health Canada for
Aboriginal people.

    The MNC represents the Métis Nation in Canada at the national and
international level. The Métis Nation's homeland includes the three Prairie
provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest
Territories and the northern United States. There are approximately 350,000 -
400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada.

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