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As an advocate for Métis education, training and research, Rupertsland Institute actively engages with the federal and provincial governments, educational institutions across Alberta and other stakeholders to further RLI’s goals.

Cory LeBlanc’s Story


Cory, a 33-year-old Cree Métis man, is a well-spoken and gentle man. His shaved head is often covered with a baseball cap, with tattoos visible on both of his arms under a sweatshirt. On top of which, a handsewn leather medicine bundle hangs around his neck and rests openly on his chest. His casual, soft spoken, and approachable demeanor hides a story of years of struggles and adversity.

Celebration of Life for former Rupertsland Institute Board of Governor Bruce Allen Gladue

It is with great sadness that former Rupertsland Institute Board of Governor (July 18, 2012 – July 18, 2015) Bruce Allen Gladue passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loved ones on October 9, 2022, at the age of 61 years.

Rupertsland Institute has received funding from the federal government to provide incentives to small and medium sized enterprises hiring first-year apprentices

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) is proud to announce it has received funding from Employment and Social Development Canada to administer an exciting new program.  

Lorne Gladu receives Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

Dr. Chris Andersen, the Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies, introduced Lorne Gladu for an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, the University of Alberta’s highest honour, at the June 14 Convocation Ceremonies in Edmonton. Dr. Gladu has been a “builder in the field of Indigenous education,” Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Audrey Poitras on receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Concordia University of Edmonton

Rupertsland Institute congratulates Métis Nation of Alberta President and Rupertsland Institute Board of Governor Interim Chair, Audrey Poitras, on receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Concordia University of Edmonton on May 28, 2022. As the longest serving and first female President, Dr.

RLI Congratulates the 2022 Esquao Awards Recipients

Rupertsland Institute (RLI) congratulates all of the 2022 Esquao Awards recipients, including RLI’s Board of Governor, Dr. Florence Glanfield. The Esquao Awards are the largest gathering to honour Aboriginal Women in Canada. It is unique because the community nominates the women, and the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) coordinates the ceremony to honour them.

Founding RLI CEO Lorne Gladu to receive an honorary degree from the U of A

Former Rupertsland Institute (RLI) CEO Lorne Gladu will receive one of the University of Alberta’s highest honours, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree on June 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. As RLI’s founding CEO, Gladu’s stewardship of RLI’s triple mandate of education, training, and research has empowered many Métis citizens through innovative programs and services during his 25 years at the helm of RLI and its predecessor Métis Nation of Alberta Métis Labour Market Program.

Welcome Maureen Moneta, Senior Executive Officer

We are very pleased to announce the newest addition to our team at Rupertsland Institute. Effective January 31, 2022, Maureen Moneta joined the Executive Team Services as the Senior Executive Officer. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and achieving the Chartered Accounting designation (now CPA) at Kingston Ross Pasnak Chartered Accounting firm, Maureen focused her career on the non-profit sector.

December 3, 2021 Deadline to Apply for MEF Métis Scholar Awards

MEF Métis Scholar Awards The Métis Education Foundation (MEF) offers two Métis Scholar Awards; the MEF Métis Scholar Award and the MEF Early Learning and Child Care Métis Scholar Award. The MEF Métis Scholar Award provides financial assistance and encourages achievements of Métis applicants in academic, artistic and athletic excellence.

Evening of Excellence

Celebrate educational and professional excellence within the Métis community from the comfort of home with RLI’s Evening of Excellence. This archived video includes special performances by Métis fiddler Brianna Lizotte and Alberta’s own, Terri Clark!