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OTTAWA, April 12 – Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President, Tony Belcourt and Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Tony Clement, will make presentations on Sunday, April 15, 2007 to 4 Métis Students in Ontario who will be awarded scholarships and bursaries through the Métis Nation of Ontario Health Careers Support Program. A total of $210,000 was awarded to 30 students who are pursuing careers in health. The presentation will take place at the Annual Meeting of the Moon River Métis Council at the Legion Hall in MacTier, Ontario at 4:30 pm.
The awards announced today are the first tangible outcome of the Métis Health Human Resources Initiative (MHHRI) recently signed between Health Canada and the Métis National Council (MNC). The total value of that agreement for the period of 2006 to 2010 is $10 M, to be delivered through the MNC and its five Governing Members from Ontario to British Columbia. The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centers around Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the Northwest Territories, as well as the northwestern United States. The Métis played an instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to share their culture, music, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in communities all across Canada.
For further information: Avery Hargreaves, Communications Assistant, (613) 798-1488 Ext. 108, Cell: (613)-294-1148, email@example.com; www.metisnation.org
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