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Rupertsland Institute Board of Directors Announcement and Open House

Edmonton — The Rupertsland Institute announces its inaugural Board of Governors and holds an open house for their new downtown office.

Rupertsland Institute Métis Centre of Excellence is a section 9 non-profit company that was incorporated on July 8, 2010. Rupertsland Institute was approved by the Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Council on February 26, 2010.

“The Métis Nation of Alberta Provincial Council has a history of building institutions that carry out mandates on its behalf.” said Rupertsland Institute CEO Lorne Gladu. “Examples of these include the Métis Urban Housing Corporation – with its affordable housing mandate; Apeetogosan Métis Development Corporation – with its lending and business development mandate; Métis Crossing – with its history and cultural development mandate; and most recently, the Rupertsland Institute – with the mandate to develop education, training and research initiatives for Métis people in Alberta.”

On the occasion of the grand opening of it’s new office in downtown Edmonton on May 31, 2011, Rupertsland Institute’s CEO would like to formally introduce their inaugural Board of Governors.

  • Adam Letourneau, Chair of the Board – Principal, Letourneau Law
  • Dr. Herb Belcourt, Vice-Chair of the Board – Businessman
  • Dr. Tracy Friedel, Secretary of the Board – Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Audrey Poitras, Treasurer of the Board – President of Métis Nation of Alberta
  • Dr. Ellen Bielawski, Dean, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
  • Dr. George Pavlich, Associate Vice-President of Research, University of Alberta
  • Karen Collins, President Region 2 Métis Nation of Alberta“I look forward to the Rupertsland Institute working towards a better future and assisting students who are in college or university. And I look forward to our Métis Training to Employment program building a skilled Métis labour force and helping clients get ahead of the future.” said Gladu.

On May 31, 2011 the Rupertsland Institute in partnership with the University of Alberta also formally announced the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research which will be an academic centre housed on the University of Alberta campus. “I look forward to the Centre for Métis Research serving the needs of the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies, the Métis Nation, and the Rupertsland Institute, as we move forward with academic inquiry supported by methodically sound, peer-reviewed research to support the venue of Métis governance aspirations.” said CEO Gladu.


For more information contact:

Aaron Barner, Associate Director – Industry and Community Relations Rupertsland Institute 780-801-9977

Ian Horner, communications manager 780-801-9977,

Since 1670, the Rupert’s Land territory has held the pulse of Canadian industry, and the Métis people were among the catalysts that drove its success. In 2010 the Rupertsland Institute was created to reinvigorate that legacy of labour and achievement born over 300 years ago. Métis people: a history of fostering excellence in achievement — Rupertsland Institute: a mission of fostering excellence in Métis people.