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Summer 2011

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Education

COLLEGE BORÉAL | MNO STUDENT BURSARY PROGRAM

Collège Boréal awards $11,000 in bursaries to Aboriginal students

O n April 15, 2011, at an as- sembly of dignitaries that included representatives of the Greater Sudbury re- gion’s Aboriginal communi- ties, Collège Boréal awarded bur- saries totalling $11,000 to six stu- dents attending its campuses in Sudbury, Timmins and New Liskeard. Funding for these awards is provided by the Aborig- inal Post-secondary Education and Training Bursary and the Métis Nation of Ontario Bur- saries.

“Collège Boréal is proud to en- courage its Aboriginal and Métis students to pursue their post-sec- ondary studies”, says Collège Boréal’s President, Denis Hubert- Dutrisac. “These bursaries are just one of the many services pro- vided by our Louis Riel Centre to

  • left to right: Joëlle Lavoie; Rick Meilleur; Mallory Brazeau; Larry Prevost; Pam Jones; Eric Dupuis, Coordinator - Aboriginal Projects, Collège Boréal; Roger Giroux; Natalie Venne; Nancy Bouchard; Marc Nellis, Professor, Natural Resources Sector, Collège Boréal; Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, President of Collège Boréal, and Christopher Clément.

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Bursaries for Aboriginal post- secondary education and training were awarded to Nancy Bouchard (2nd year Commerce), Mallory Brazeau (1st year Ultra- sonography), Christopher Clé- ment (1st year, Medical Radiation Technologist), Joëlle Lavoie (1st year Office Administration) and Robert Lee (3rd year, Forestry Technologist). Métis Nation of Ontario Bursaries were awarded to Nancy Bouchard, Christopher Clément, Joëlle Lavoie and Na- talie Venne (1st year Veterinary Technician).

Collège Boréal’s Louis Riel Centre was officially inaugurated in November, 2010. Located at the heart of the main campus in Sudbury, it provides the college’s Aboriginal and Métis students with a wide range of services and

an environment that is sensitive to their cultural identity and con- ducive to their academic success.

“Promoting knowledge and a vibrant culture”: This is Collège Boréal’s vision, as a French-lan- guage institution of post-second- ary skills training established in 1995 that contributes to the growth and development of com- munities in northern and central- south-western Ontario. Collège Boréal encourages the values of humanism, excellence and inclu- sion, as well as an active aware- ness of environmental issues that affect our society. Collège Boréal is the first education sector rep- resentative officially designated by the Government of Ontario under the French Language Serv- ices Act.

HOUSING | PILOT PROJECT

THUNDER BAY | COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

MNO signs agreement with Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

left to right, top row: Casey Boban, Adrian Karasiewicz, James Aggamway, Tara Gusola, Robin Armstrong, Tyler Boily. Bottom row: Trevor Warren, professor; Carol Rusak, program man- ager; Jean McIsaac-Wiitala, Executive Director MNO HII; Terry Desaulniers, BSTAIP Coordinator; Leafy Shaw, Project Developer.

BSTAIP interns celebrate success

he first year interns of the Building Systems Technical Advisor Intern- ship Program (BSTAIP) pilot project reached another mile- stone recently with the comple- tion of the first year of the pro- gram. T

To celebrate, Métis Nation of Ontario Housing Investment Inc. Executive Director, Jean McIsaac-Wiitala; BSTAIP Coordi- nator, Terry Desaulniers and Project Developer, Leafy Shaw organized a potluck dinner to recognize the achievement. Carol Rusak, Program Manager for Confederation College--the MNO’s academic partner in the BSTAIP--also attended and con- gratulated the students.

Appropriately, the pot luck had a Métis theme with all par- ticipants bringing fantastic dishes such as moose, venison and even buffalo meat. At the request of Terry Desaulniers, everyone voted for their favourite dish. Peter Ducharme’s bannock won the culinary prize with honourable mention going to Justin Mc- Carville’s venison dish.

While the interns look for- ward to the upcoming year, work placements have been set up at the MNO’s Housing Branch in Thunder Bay. Here they are set to learn the admin- istrative side of housing through mentorship and on- the-job training.

The Métis Nation of Ontario Building System Technical Ad- visor Internship Program is a two year internship with in-class learning and on-site training, also applied learning in shops, labs, workplaces and mentorship by skilled technicians. As well, the in- ternship offers the opportunity to explore home renovations, eco- energy and efficiency with residential housing.

Partnership expands on commitment to needs of Métis communities

he MNO and the NOSM co- hosted an Aboriginal work- shop on May 25-27, 2011, in Sudbury, Ontario. This work- shop, NOSM’s third Aboriginal fo- rum, was a follow-up to the Fol- low our Dreams workshop held in June, 2003, and the Keeping the Vision workshop held at Fort William First Nation in August of 2006. The workshop informs Abo- riginal peoples of the progress made by the school on recom- mendations received during the previous two Aboriginal work- shops and provides a forum for continuing dialogue between Aboriginal peoples and NOSM. T

At the opening of the three- day workshop, the MNO and NOSM signed a “Collaboration Agreement” which will allow the two parties to work more closely together. This shared commit- ment is focused on providing ed- ucation which is responsive to the Métis people and communi- ties of northern Ontario, and on highlighting their complemen- tary resources and objectives with respect to research, educa- tion, and expertise.

The MNO and NOSM have a range of common goals, ap- proaches, and needs. Both the school and the MNO are actively involved and engaged in address-

  • MNO President, Gary Lipinski, and NOSM Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser, sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the MNO and NOSM.

ing the needs of their communi- ties. There are a number of possi- ble areas upon which the NOSM and the MNO can collaborate:

  • Identifying opportunities for beneficial collaboration in the development of new medical courses, academic programs, and innovative research initia- tives;

  • Actively recruiting potential Métis medical students, and improving the provision of medical programming that is culturally and linguistically ap- propriate;

  • Developing communications intended to increase the visi- bility and success of the Métis in medicine in Ontario;

  • Increasing Métis participation in and access to current and future NOSM programs and services;

  • Increasing real and meaningful Métis input to NOSM policy development.

“From day one MNO has sup- ported NOSM. I remember when it was just a dream,” explained President Lipinski. “The MNO is entering into this collaborative agreement with the Northern On- tario School of Medicine to facili- tate more Métis students pursu- ing medical careers in the north. Having more students graduate in the north will dramatically in- crease the potential of them re- turning to their communities, where their skills as doctors and nurses are very much needed.”

“A significant component of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s social accountability mandate is to build and cultivate relationships with Aboriginal communities across northern Ontario,” said Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. “This Collaboration Agreement between the school and the MNO will allow us to pur- sue opportunities that maximize the positive impact our organiza- tions are having in the north.”

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