Education

MNBC – Ministry of Education

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) recognizes that to achieve educational success, Métis learners need to see themselves reflected in the education system. This begins in early learning, (kindergarten to grade three) and continues in secondary school and later in post-secondary education. Their Métis culture and heritage needs to be recognized and respected.

For more information: https://www.mnbc.ca/directory/view/350-ministry-of-education 

School District 23 – Kelowna

The KMA has two seats on the Central Okanagan School District Aboriginal Education Council, Central Okanagan Public Schools. The KMA President occupies one seat and the other has been appointed for one-year to the Métis Community Services Society of BC (Kelowna Office).

The KMA’s goal is to have more Métis cultural representation in the schools for all ages with activities available throughout the school year, as well as representation in the curriculum. For example, Métis “jig” dancing in physical education; the fiddle or spoons in music classes; painting, beading and carving in art classes; and Michif as a second language. The KMA President has been working with the renowned Metis Culture Educator, Beverly Lambert, for strategic support.

MNBC Bursaries and Scholarships

For more information: Sabina Jones – sjones@mnbc.ca

Okanagan College

As of Winter 2020, the KMA has been invited to join with the Vernon and District Métis Association to attend a meeting with the Aboriginal Services Team for the Okanagan College. The meeting was initiated by the college to strategize ideas to promote Métis presence on all campus’s in the Okanagan; enhance Métis student participation; and support Métis success in all programs at the College. Currently, the Salmon Arm Campus has an Elder on campus available for students, which is being explored as a potential future option for the KMA. 

One of Okanagan College’s key directions is working with, and learning from, the Indigenous community. The College is dedicated to providing culturally relevant support to Aboriginal students as they journey toward their personal, educational and career goals. Each year the College hosts a powwow, Aboriginal Career Fairs, recognition ceremonies and other cultural events. Thoughtful Aboriginal spaces can be found on each campus including Indigenous outdoor gardens that celebrate and recognize the traditional ways and knowledge of the Indigenous peoples of the region.

For more information: https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Campus_and_Community/employees/publicaffairs/Viewbook/Aboriginal_Services.html 

University of British Columbia 

Aboriginal Programs & Services provides community and culturally appropriate services and support to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Students: https://students.ok.ubc.ca/aboriginal-students/ 

The UBCO Aboriginal Centre provides a sense of belonging and community to Aboriginal students. This home away from home is committed to enriching the quality of the student experience for aboriginal students by promoting access, providing capacity building opportunities, and celebrating success. The Aboriginal Centre has a team of Aboriginal peer mentors and tutors. The tutors hold office hours and workshops in the Centre throughout the academic year. The UBCO Aboriginal Centre offers:

  • Aboriginal Student Orientation
  • Academic planning specific to personal goals
  • Weekly workshops on academic, health/well-being, and career topics
  • Individual support, referrals, and advocacy
  • Social and cultural events throughout the year
  • A supportive team of Aboriginal Peer Mentors and Tutors

For more information: https://students.ok.ubc.ca/aboriginal-students/aboriginal-centre/

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool (Government of Canada)

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of 688 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.For more information: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1351185180120/1351685455328