OTTAWA, March 21, 2018 The Government of Canada recognizes that equity in education is critical to ensuring that Indigenous students receive the support and resources they need to reach their full potential. We will continue our important work with Métis Nation to advance their education priorities for the benefit of Métis Nation students and all Canadians.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, proudly participated in the Métis Nation Education Conference. The Métis Nation is an active part of the comprehensive review of all federal Post-Secondary programs for Indigenous students and this conference is an example of the work and input that will help advance this priority. It is an opportunity to better understand the needs of students, set priorities and approaches to quality education and develop policy that meets the unique needs of the Métis Nation.
As we continue working in partnership with the Métis Nation towards a renewed relationship, we understand that much more needs to be done to respond to concerns of Métis Nation on education. As an initial step, Budget 2018 announced an investment of $10 million in 2018-19 to support existing Métis Nation endowments for post-secondary education.
"I am pleased to take part in today's conference towards quality education. Our government remains committed to continue working in partnership with the Métis Nation to find the best approaches that will support and enable Métis Nation students to pursue their passions, find succeed and fully participate in the new global economy."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"The Métis Nation Education Conference was an important starting point for our work on education with the federal government. Education is the key to opening opportunity for our people. Minister Philpott recognizes this too and we look forward to working with her on tapping the full potential of the Métis Nation."
President, Métis National Council
- The Government of Canada contributed $450K, in February 2018, towards education priorities under the Canada-Métis Nation Accord, most of which went towards the Métis Nation Education Conference.
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SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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