On September 7, 2018 the Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation announced a significant gift to support Métis student success at Northern Lakes College.
“Today, I am happy to announce and celebrate yet another milestone,” said Métis Nation of Alberta Audrey Poitras.
Poitras said the Métis Nation of Alberta and its affiliates, in partnership with Northern Lakes College, have reached an agreement to create a $375,000 endowment in perpetuity. She said in making the announcement she is aware that the contribution on behalf of future generations of Métis citizens could not be possible without the relationships and partnerships with the Métis community and stakeholders across the province.
Ann Everatt, President and CEO of Northern Lakes College, said removing barriers to education is a cornerstone of the NLC vision. She added scholarships and bursaries help remove financial barriers for students, allowing them to focus on academic excellence, achieving their education goals and improving their lives.
“Northern Lakes College is grateful to the Rupertsland Institute for its generosity and confidence in our institution,” said Everatt
Everatt said Northern Lakes College is pleased to house the Rupertsland Institute at the Slave Lake Campus, providing a wide array of services to Métis students.
In 2015, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and its affiliates the Métis Education Foundation and Rupertsland Institute, in partnership with Northern Lakes College, created a $200,000 Special Purpose Fund.
That fund was mandated to disburse Métis student awards and bursaries.
The interest and principal will be spent in 15 years, ending in 2030.