Georgian College Strengthens Relationship With Métis Nation Of Ontario

by NationTalk on September 24, 2009783 Views

23 September 2009

The Fifth Annual Métis Rendezvous, held at the Lafontaine Community Centre Sept. 19, provided an ideal backdrop for Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian, and Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), to sign a memorandum of understanding that will see the College and the MNO work together to improve educational outcomes for Métis students in the province.“I am extremely pleased that Georgian is willing to work with us to ensure our mutual goals of building a skilled, productive, mobile, adaptable and inclusive workforce are realized,” said Lipinski. “With a significant portion of the Métis population entering or about to enter the workforce, the kinds of programs offered at the College will ensure that everyone in the province benefits.”

“This memorandum of understanding with the MNO fits nicely with the existing programs and program supports that we provide for Aboriginal students at the College,” said Tamblyn. “Today’s signing marks the formalization of an existing relationship that has helped us in the past to ensure that the student experience at the College is the best that it can be.”

This is the third memorandum the MNO has signed with a post-secondary institution in the province this year.

In addition to agreements with the University of Ottawa, Confederation College and College Boréal, the MNO also has a memorandum with the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The signing of the document by Lipinski and Tamblyn followed greetings from Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

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.

PHOTO: Brian Tamblyn, Georgian President and CEO (l), signed a memorandum of understanding between the College and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) at the Fifth Annual Métis Rendezvous, a cultural celebration that took place at the Lafontaine Community Centre Sept. 19. The memorandum of understanding is designed to promote a positive partnership and working relationship between Georgian and the MNO. Also pictured: Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

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