Rupertsland Institute recognized for its commitment to aboriginal student success
Métis education, training and research institute receives Sen. Thelma Chalifoux Award
The Rupertsland Institute has been named recipient of the 2015 Sen. Thelma Chalifoux Award for its ongoing commitment to aboriginal student success.
Created in 2010 as an affiliation of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the institute supports Métis education, training and research through collaboration and partnerships with organizations, including NAIT.
Introduced in 2000, the Sen. Thelma Chalifoux Award is presented annually by NAIT to individuals or organizations outside of the institute that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to aboriginal student success. Through all her endeavors, Chalifoux has focused on making life better for others. She was the first Métis woman in the Senate, appointed by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Nov. 26, 1997 to represent Alberta. She served until Feb. 9, 2004.
• In 2009, the Rupertsland Institute partnered with NAIT to create a $2.14 million endowment to provide scholarships for Métis students who are in financial need.
• To date, 84 NAIT students have received this support.
• The Rupertsland Institute’s education division administers 11 post-secondary endowments valued at over $14 million.
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
“The Rupertsland Institute has a long history of helping Métis students to reach their educational goals. They are very deserving of this year’s Sen. Thelma Chalifoux Award. The financial support the institute provides students has been essential in promoting student success.”
Lorne Gladu, CEO, Rupertsland Institute
“The Rupertsland Institute was created to advance education initiatives and training supports for Métis citizens while fostering excellence in student achievement. We’ve helped provide training to 20,000 Métis people who consistently find long-term employment. We’re honoured to be recognized and receive the 2015 Sen. Thelma Chalifoux Award.”
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.