HISTORIC AGREEMENT – University of Sudbury / MNO

A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed Thursday, November 18th, between the University of Sudbury and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).

Both the University of Sudbury and the MNO recognize that improving Métis postsecondary education outcomes is an essential element to improving the quality of life of Métis children, families and communities in the province. The wish is to establish an ongoing working relationship, as part of an overall University of Sudbury - MNO effort to identify and operationalize opportunities and partnerships to address the unique educational needs of the Métis in the province.

“Our tri-cultural and bilingual environment continues to influence our overall approach and makes this partnership a logical step forward” specifies Dr. Pierre Zundel, President and Vice-chancellor of the University of Sudbury.

The ceremony took place November 18th, 10:30 a.m. in the Canisius Hall of the University of Sudbury.

About the University of Sudbury: The University of Sudbury is proud of its bilingual and tri-cultural environment and of its Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. One of Northern Ontario’s longest-standing postsecondary institutions and a member of the Laurentian University Federation, it remains committed to a focus on a liberal education by providing programs in communication publique (French only), folklore et ethnologie (French only), religious studies, philosophy and Native studies. Committed to making education financially accessible, it provides numerous scholarships and bursaries. Detailed information can be obtained at www.usudbury.ca.

About the Métis Nation of Ontario: The MNO democratically represents Métis people and Métis communities in Ontario through a province-wide governance structure at the local, regional and provincial levels. The MNO has also developed a province-wide framework for ensuring effective consultation with Métis communities throughout the province, which is supported by the Ontario Government’s New Relationship Fund. For more information on the MNO or on how to consult with Ontario Métis visit www.metisnation.org

-For more information, please contact:

Sylvie Renault, University of Sudbury

(705) 673-5661 extension 317

srenault@usudbury.ca

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