August 24th, 2019

Donation trifecta creates endowment for Métis students

By Jeremy Appel on September 13, 2018.

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Pictured: Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner; Lisa Savill, manager of the MŽtis Education Foundation; Lorne Gleadu, CEO Rupertsland Institute; Jeanette Hanson, executive director, Miywasin Society; Wayne Resch, acting president at Medicine Hat College; Bev New, MŽtis Education Foundation board member and MŽtis Nation of Alberta Region 5 president; David Petis, VP Advancement and Community Relations at MHC; Audrey Poitras, MŽtis Education Foundation chair and president of the Metis Nation of Alberta; Terry Chapman, Interim VP Academic at MHC; Irlanda Price, Associate VP Student Development at MHC; Carla Bennett, interim VP Administration and Finance at MHC.

Medicine Hat News

Métis students at Medicine Hat College now have a $130,000 endowment in their name after a tripartite donation Wednesday.

The Rupertsland Institute and Métis Education Foundation contributed $100,000 to support MHC’s Métis student body, with the school pitching in an extra $30,000.

Audrey Peltras, president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, called the endowment fund a “milestone.”

“This contribution on behalf of future generations of Métis citizens could not be possible without the relationships and partnerships that we have created with the Métis community and stakeholders across the province,” said Peltras.

MHC acting president Wayne Resch highlighted the importance of these types of partnerships in helping reduce the costs of education for all students.

“All of us at the college know the value of a good education,” Resch said.

“We are focused on meeting the needs of individual students and increasing support to Indigenous and Métis people.”

The Rupertsland Institute is an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta focusing on education, training and research, as well as offering programs, services and information to Métis people across the province.

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