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Established in 2010 as an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Rupertsland Institute (RLI) Métis Centre for Excellence was incorporated as a Section 9 company under the Alberta Companies Act on July 26, 2010. The Métis Nation of Alberta assigned RLI with a mandate in education, training and research. RLI’s vision is for a skilled, knowledgeable and self-reliant Métis Nation and is integral to enhancing the self-sufficiency and well-being of Alberta Métis through quality education, training and research.

Since its creation in 2010 and in support of its vision and mandate, RLI has been developing programs and services that embrace the principles of:

  • Labour market self-sufficiency
  • Informed decision-making
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Lifelong learning
  • Enhanced accountability

As an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), RLI is accountable to its sole shareholder – the Métis people of Alberta – as represented by the MNA Provincial Council and to our funding partners at the federal and provincial governments.

The Beginning of Rupertsland Institute

In February 2010, the Métis Nation of Alberta’s labour market development program evolved into a new entity, called Rupertsland Institute – Métis Centre of Excellence, which became an affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Rupertsland Institute (RLI) was assigned a triple mandate by the MNA Provincial Council of education, training and research. Shortly after its creation, RLI became a signatory to the Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS). In 2011, RLI negotiated the creation of the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research (RCMR), an academic centre at the University of Alberta.