MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement takes another step forward

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Another significant step toward
achieving the overall objectives of the 2008 MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement
was realized by the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) with the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding between MNO and the Ministry of Education. The
signing was one of several highlights of the first day of the MNO's Annual
General Assembly taking place in Sudbury.
    "The Memorandum with the Ministry of Education (MEDU) strengthens further
the existing bilateral processes between the MNO and the province," said MNO
President Gary Lipinski. "It will help enhance the capacity of the MNO and all
Métis in the province because it recognizes the distinct identity and culture
of the Métis people. The relationship between MNO and the province will be
strengthened by this commitment as gaps in student achievement across the
province are reduced."
    The Ministry of Education promotes a strong, vibrant, publicly funded
education system by focusing on three core priorities: improving student
achievement; reducing gaps in student achievement; and increasing public
confidence in our publicly funded schools.
    Over the last few years, the Ministry of Education and MNO have worked
together to find ways of improving Métis educational outcomes consistent with
the Ontario First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework. The work
by MNO in this area has been done in consultation with students, parents and
community groups across the province.
    "We are strengthening our relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario
through this historic agreement, and look forward to working with them to
improve outcomes for Métis students in Ontario," said Kathleen Wynne, Minister
of Education.
    "This signing enhances the Ontario government's collaborative
relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario by further promoting the
distinct identity and culture of Métis citizens and the importance of these
for education, learning and success," said Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal
    The implementation of the MOU will be guided by a mutually agreeable work
plan which identifies opportunities and partnerships to address the unique
educational needs of Métis people in Ontario, reduces the gaps in Métis
student achievement and student success, and, increases the confidence of
Métis parents in the education system. That work plan will include regular
meetings between the Minister of Education and MNO President Gary Lipinski.
    "The signing of this MOU is the latest in a series of longstanding
partnerships in education that have been formalized by the MNO is recent
months. It is also further evidence of the commitment by the Government of
Ontario to live up to the promise it made with the signing of the MNO-Ontario
Framework Agreement in November 2008," added President Lipinski.

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage who played an instrumental role in shaping Canada, and
who work tirelessly to share their culture, traditions and knowledge of the
environment with fellow Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer St. Germain, Director of Education and Training, Métis Nation of
Ontario, (613) 858-2284

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