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Bursary MOUPCMNO Chair France Picotte (left) and Jean-Pierre Nadon, Director
of the Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al Timmins campus (right).

Fund will encourage M¨¦tis youth to?pursue post-secondary studies at?Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al and Northern College

Representatives from the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO), Detour Gold, Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al, and Northern College met on Friday, February 19, in Timmins to sign Memorandum of Understanding agreements to formalize the creation of a bursary program to assist M¨¦tis students in their pursuit of higher education.

Funds have been made available to M¨¦tis students at both colleges for the past two years; however Friday¡¯s signing solidifies this relationship and formally creates a M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario and Detour Gold Bursary at Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al and Northern College. The bursary¡¯s creation is a direct result of the 2012 Impact and Benefit Agreement between the MNO and Detour Gold, and will be made available to M¨¦tis students pursuing careers in the mining industry.

Northern College President, Fred Gibbons said, "Northern College is very pleased to be an educational partner for this new M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario Detour Gold bursary which will benefit M¨¦tis students from within the MNO Region 3 of Abitibi-Temiskaming-James Bay. This endowed fund will reduce financial barriers to post-secondary studies for qualifying M¨¦tis students from our region that are pursuing education at any of our campuses that relates to, or supports our region¡¯s mining sector, either directly as Mining Engineering Technicians or in other programs whose graduates commonly find mining-related employment."

"We salute Detour Gold for being the latest large mining employer that recognizes and supports ¨C and in such a significant way¡ªthe close connection between education, our region¡¯s Indigenous peoples, and successful economic development."

M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario Chair, France Picotte said, "As stated in the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Statement of Prime Purpose, the MNO has always made education a high priority. A key objective of the MNO is to ensure young M¨¦tis citizens uncover and embrace the will and determination to live a successful life."

¡°Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al is happy to work with the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) in order to provide support to our M¨¦tis students as they pursue their studies in our institution," said Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al President, M. Pierre Riopel. "Furthermore, we would like to thank Detour Gold Inc. for their generous contribution which will allow these students to continue to take their rightful place within their communities for generations to come.¡±

Detour Gold Vice-President of Human Resources and Aboriginal Affairs, Rachel Pineault said, ¡°Detour Gold and the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario have a shared belief in the importance of education and creating real opportunities for Aboriginal youth.?Our scholarship and bursary program at College Boreal and Northern College will help students reach higher levels of education and prepare for careers both with Detour Gold and throughout Northern Ontario.?This investment is just one aspect of our broad educational commitment to our aboriginal partners.¡±

Through its support of M¨¦tis students, the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario and?Detour Gold Bursary at Coll¨¨ge Bor¨¦al and Northern will ensure that MNO youth continue to achieve their highest potential.

Published on: February 22, 2016

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