In 2012, the Métis Nation of Alberta expanded the RLI post-secondary education mandate to include primary and secondary education (kindergarten to Grade 12). From this directive, RLI established a direct relationship with Alberta Education and began conducting basic education research to develop informed policy options.
In 2014, RLI’s Board of Governors adopted a K-12 policy framework designed to influence the provincial education curriculum, enhance Métis education self-determination and improve the education outcomes of young Métis students in the primary and secondary school systems.
RLI’s key Education goals:
- To establish an educational planning process and policy framework to be used as a basis for decisions and actions related to new initiatives in Métis education in collaboration with an education advisory committee, and to ensure that an adequate factual base is in place for such decisions and actions;
- To widely consult with Métis citizens and communities, as well as educational leaders and other professionals, to understand the immediate needs and future aspirations of the Métis with regards to education in Alberta;
- To engage in collaborative partnerships that support and improve educational outcomes for Métis citizens across early childhood, kindergarten to Grade 12, post-secondary and at the adult education level;
- To expand the offerings of awards, bursaries and scholarships available to Métis students and, where possible, encourage greater access to these awards;
- To advocate for a more holistic perspective within Métis education through the inclusion of an Elder and youth representative on an education advisory committee; and
- To expand the current human and fiscal resources within the Education division to support greater capacity and educational outcomes.