Departments, Portfolios and Affiliates

Provincial Education

Minister: Joan Ledoux
Associate Minister: David Beaudin

The Provincial Education Portfolio, under the direction of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Education Minister, supports issues and initiatives at the local, provincial and national levels. The Education Portfolio supports and enhances the work being done by MMF affiliate, the Louis Riel Institute (LRI), which gives feedback on provincial curriculum, provides cultural programming and supports grants and bursaries for post-secondary studies.

MMF Education Policy

One of the new initiatives of the MMF Provincial Education Portfolio is the creation of an Education Policy. Currently, work is being done to explore the future direction of education at the MMF. This work includes an assessment of the current situation, the identification of overlaps and gaps in current services and the development of a position paper. Input is being derived from the Metis National Council's special report on Métis education to the Summit on Aboriginal Education, as well as collaboration with other consultants and departments within the MMF.

Through the support of Tripartite Self-Government Negotiations, a draft Education Policy has been developed. Numerous discussion papers have also been written including Early Years, K-12, Post-Secondary Aboriginal Identity Practices, Family Literacy and Métis Children and Families and the Child Welfare System.

MMF Recognition in Education

Each year educators across Manitoba are recognized for their outstanding work in education, this has prompted the development of the MMF Distinguished Leader in Education Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has contributed to Métis education in Manitoba. This award is an opportunity to show our appreciation at our Annual General Assembly before our entire membership.

Since many teachers over the years have received an apple from students who admire them, we thought it only fitting to follow tradition. The award is a crystal apple on optical crystal base.

Curriculum Development

For the last few years LRI, MMF and Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Department have been collaboratively working on a culturally appropriate resource to teach about the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia. The development team is working with a gaming company from Quebec. The end result will be a role playing game for Grade 11 students that will also be available to the public. The game will be launched on Louis Riel Day - February 17, 2014.

MMF Representation on Provincial Education Committees

  • PAC - Premier's Advisory Council on Education, Poverty & Citizenship - sitting as a rep for MMF ensuring a Metis voice is heard in making recommendations to the Premier
  • LGYEP - Lieutenant Governor's Youth Experience Program - an incentive program which encourages students to stay in school. Many Métis students across Manitoba benefit.
  • MERN - Manitoba Education Research Network - Part of the affiliate group to ensure initiatives in Métis education are shared and partnerships explored
  • AERF - Aboriginal Education Research Forum (Shawane Dagasowin) part of planning committee to ensure Métis presentations and culture showcased at the Annual Forum in April.
  • ITEM - Indigenous Teacher's Education Model - part of the working group to discuss the possibility of developing Teacher Education programs so there will be more Métis teachers in the public system.
  • OCCYMH - Oversight Committee for Child & Youth Mental Health - sitting as a rep for MMF looking at Issues of Mental Health for our Métis students in the school system
  • MAYAA - Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards - Part of the planning committee to ensure our Métis youth will be well represented in many categories.
  • ALS - Aboriginal Literacy Symposium (hosted by the Literacy Partners of Manitoba) Part of the planning committee to ensure Métis representation at the symposium.
  • KFB- Honouring Our Grandmothers: Keeping the Fires Burning - Part of the planning committee for the annual award ceremony in June
  • MHS - Manitoba Historical Society - newly appointed to the MHS Council to ensure MMF/LRI's resources are shared
  • ACE - Aboriginal Circle of Educators -LRI/MMF representation on the planning committee