Record Number of Métis Post-Secondary Students Funded by MNBC

NATION RECEIVES ADDITIONAL $5,700,000 FOR SKILLS TRAINING

Surrey, BC (October 27, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is proud to announce it has funded a historic number of Métis Post-Secondary students through the Skills Training, Employment, and Post-Secondary (STEPS) programs. 

MNBC has several different funding streams to support STEPS applicants. This fiscal year, MNBC’s STEPS programs have supported over 1,500 training and Post-Secondary education requests from Métis learners in BC (compared to the total of more than 1,400 in 2020-2021). As a result, all the funds MNBC has received from government to fund Post-Secondary education have now been utilized. 

In addition to funding a record number of Métis students, MNBC has also committed: 

  • $3,000,000 to over 1,000 COVID-19 pandemic related emergency support to Métis learners.
  • $2,000,000 in direct support to MNBC Chartered Communities, the first time in the Nation’s history it has provided STEPS support directly to Chartered Communities. 

“MNBC’s STEPS programs continue to provide greater opportunities for Métis learners to advance their educational journey,” says Lissa Dawn Smith, MNBC Acting President. “Funding a record number of students means we are able to go back to government to show that MNBC can deliver on the funding we receive and that there are thousands of Métis students that are thriving as a result.”

The average dollar amount per student commitment has increased 20% in this fiscal year compared to last year. 70% of all clients are MNBC Citizens with an additional 20% having an active application in MNBC’s Central Registry. 

MNBC is also pleased to announce an additional $5,700,000 in new funding from the provincial government directed to occupational skills training programs. This includes job ready training, non-diploma/degree programs, apprenticeships, trades, skills upgrades, certificate/re-certificate, and other short courses directly leading to employment. These programs are generally less than one year in duration as funding is negotiated annually and allows MNBC to provide wrap around support related to these eligible training.

“The additional $5,700,000 in funding for job-ready training will help equip not only our Métis Citizens with more opportunities, but our Métis business owners to help hire job-ready Métis staff,” says Dean Gladue, MNBC Minister of Skills Training and Employment. 

Any existing completed STEPS applications and new applications for Post-Secondary will remain on the waitlist. They will be assessed and processed as funds are released as commitments turn into actual costs of support. STEPS will continue to advocate for Métis learners in seeking additional funding support.