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Major Gift Announcement for Métis Students at Concordia University of Edmonton

Posted on: Sep 14, 2018
Gift Announcement for Metis Students at CUE

Gift will help create endowment fund for Métis Students

Edmonton, AB (September 14, 2018) — Today, the Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation have announced a significant gift to support Métis student success at Concordia University of Edmonton.

“Today, I am happy to announce and celebrate yet another milestone,” said President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Audrey Poitras. “The Métis Nation of Alberta and its affiliates, in partnership with Concordia University of Edmonton, have reached an agreement to create a $500,000 endowment in perpetuity. As part of this agreement, the Métis Nation of Alberta will invest $250,000 and Concordia University of Edmonton will provide an in-kind contribution totalling $250,000 over the next 10 years. In making this announcement, I am aware that 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.”

President Tim Loreman is enthusiastic about today’s announcement. “Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to be partnering with the MNA in the area of awards and financial support for Metis students, as well as in other areas that benefit all students at our university. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with MNA, forged in the spirit of reconciliation, that has the potential to generate deeper understandings between and within our communities.”

Photograph: From left to right:

Lorne Gladue, CEO of The Rupertsland Institute
Audrey Poitras,  Métis Nation of Alberta President and Métis Education Foundation Chair
Bev Nu, President of Métis Nation of Alberta Region 5
Dr. Barbara van Ingen, Concordia University of Edmonton Vice-President, Student Life and Learning 
Danielle Powder, Concordia University of Edmonton Manager, Indigenous Knowledge and Research Centre
Lisa Savill, Manager, Métis Education Foundation


Rupertsland Institute is an affi liate of the Métis Nation of Alberta and holds a triple mandate in education, training and research; offering programs, services and information to Métis people in these areas through a network of offi ces across Alberta. Rupertsland Institute is committed to funding post-secondary education and supporting the education goals of Métis citizens.


CUE is a boutique university, small enough that every student is essential yet large enough for a global outlook. In and out of our classrooms and lecture halls, we translate what we learn into extraordinary hands-on experiences. We live and work on a small campus, a river valley oasis, but Edmonton is our workshop. Our ultimate goal has not changed since 1921: to be more than students and professors, to create a community of active citizens, of good and honourable people.


Danielle Powder
Indigenous Knowledge and Research Centre
Concordia University of Edmonton

Lisa Savill
Manager, Métis Education Foundation
Rupertsland Institute




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