Alberta Métis Education Council
The development of the Alberta Métis Education Council (AMEC) evolved from strategic goals outlined in RLI’s 2014-2015 Education Operational Work Plan. The AMEC terms of reference and the 2015-2016 K-12 Education Work Plan with Alberta Education were both developed in 2015.
As a volunteer advisory body to Rupertsland Institute, the Alberta Métis Education Council is a standing committee of Rupertsland Institute. AMEC focuses on key strategies, policies and actions that will enhance Métis education in the K-12 system while promoting the knowledge of Métis culture, language and history to Alberta education in its pursuit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
The Alberta Métis Education Council mandate is to:
- Identify strategies, policies and actions that will lead to general and specific outcomes for Métis students in the K-12 system in Alberta, and promote knowledge of Métis culture, history and language within the Alberta education system.
- Advise and assist the RLI Board to plan, develop and implement Métis-specific education initiatives, policies and programs for the K-12 education system in Alberta.
- Provide a forum for Métis students, parents, elders and stakeholders to communicate their views and concerns on Métis education and the K-12 system in Alberta.
- Review, analyse and advise RLI on Alberta education policy, education funding options and other initiatives taken by the Alberta Government and School Authorities that affect Métis students’ education.
- Collect data and relevant information, issue reports pertaining to Métis within the K-12 system and commission Métis specific research, including peer-reviewed research in tandem with academic institutions in Alberta.
- Foster dialogue between the Métis Nation and Alberta Education, Alberta School Boards, teachers, administrators and the general public on the K-12 system in Alberta.
“Educational attainment is even more important to the success and life opportunities of Aboriginal people than of non-Aboriginal people as a whole.”
– “A Literature Review of Factors that Support Successful Transitions by Aboriginal People from K-12 to Postsecondary Education” (Statistics Canada, Council of Ministers of Education, 2010)
This observation underscores the importance of a timely and targeted educational strategy set out by, with and for Métis people. RLI acknowledges that the kindergarten to Grade 12 time period constitutes a strong foundation upon which Métis people can achieve lifelong success, whether as future income-earners or as responsible and ethical citizens.
The Government of Alberta has long recognized the vital role of elementary and secondary education within the lives of Aboriginal people and this commitment is evident through the implementation of the “First Nations, Métis and Inuit Policy Framework” (2002). Several innovative programming developments have resulted from this initial policy document, including the provincial government’s identification of “Goal 3: Success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students” as detailed in the Alberta Education handbook, “Moving Forward: Implementing FNMI Collaborative Frameworks” (Alberta Education, First Nations, Métis and Inuit and Field Services Sector, updated May 2012). The following components are listed within this document as areas of support:
- collaborative partnerships
- adaptive organizational practices
- culturally responsive educational practices
- capacity building
- school communities
The six members of AMEC, appointed by the RLI Board of Governors, are:
- Preston Huppie (MEd) – Teacher, James Fowler High School, Council Chair
- Yvonne Poitras Pratt (PhD) – Professor, University of Calgary
- Cindy Swanson (PhD candidate) – University of Alberta
- Delores Pruden-Barre (BEd) – Director FNMI Education, Aspen View School Division
- Kimberley Brown (MEd) – Teacher, North Star Academy
- Lorne Gladu – CEO, Rupertsland Institute