Aboriginal art - copyright by Miranda1066The Aboriginal Education Directorate provides leadership, coordination and support for Department initiatives in Aboriginal education and training.  The Directorate works with Manitoba Education, and Manitoba Advanced Education and Training.  The Directorate also works with administrators, teachers, parents, learners, Aboriginal organizations, and other government departments to ensure that the education and training systems are responsive to the needs of Aboriginal learners.  » Visit Website

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba brings to its Main Gallery local, provincial and national artists whose work challenges conventional understandings of community, identity, as well as art making itself, and reveals new ways of examining who we are. Concretely, this is manifested by a slate of exhibitions that targets youth and will reflect the First Nations and Métis communities that comprise 30% of Brandon and region. Contemporary art in a variety of media is the main conduit for this vision.  » Visit Website

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is mandated to protect and expand First Nation jurisdiction, economic and community development. The Assembly takes direction from the First Nation leaders of members of First Nation communities in Manitoba. The direction provided by First Nation leaders is that any developments impacting on First Nation peoples must be developed and implemented in close consultation with First Nation peoples. In Manitoba, First Nation jurisdiction over education is one of AMC’s priorities, which is based on First Nation languages, values, and rich cultural heritage.  » Visit Website

The Brandon Friendship Centre provides programs and services to people in the city of Brandon.  They provide services to all ages relating to education, youth, recreation, prenatal, employment, health, housing, justice, seniors, and daycare.  » Visit Website

Brandon School Division serves a diverse body of approximately 7,500 students in 23 schools. It serves the city and adjacent municipalities with strong academic, vocational, arts, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. The Brandon School Division’s vision focuses on becoming a center of excellence through exemplary practices, effective leadership and community, national and international partnerships. The Division’s Strategic Plan emphasizes best practices in student-centered learning, advancement of partnerships, staff development and ongoing development of learning communities of democratic process.  » Visit Website

The Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program (BUNTEP) offers a convenient opportunity for residents of rural Manitoba to enter an exciting career in teaching through a university that is an acknowledged leader in community-based teacher training. Courses are taught on site at BUNTEP Centres throughout the province.  » Visit Website

The mandate of the Council of Indigenous Elders is to provide traditional and holistic teachings for the empowerment and personal development of Aboriginal people. Support, advice, and mentorship is offered to communities for a number of projects and initiatives.
Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism has established the following Vision Statement to guide the development of the Department’s programs and activities: “A province where all citizens can contribute to the quality of life in their communities and to the profile and identity of our province, by developing and sharing their skills, knowledge and interests” The Department’s Mission Statement gives their work a sharp, practical focus, by signalling our strategic priorities: “To contribute to a vibrant and prosperous Manitoba by celebrating, developing and supporting the identity, creativity and well-being of Manitobans and their communities.”  » Visit Website 

Manitoba Education is responsible for providing leadership and support to the Kindergarten to Senior 4 education system. In this regard, MECY supports and facilitates efforts to enhance the educational success of all students, especially less successful learners. The goal is to ensure that all learners have every opportunity to develop their individual potential and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be able to contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of Manitoba and beyond. » Visit Website

The purpose of the Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) is to provide specialist service delivery in First Nation schools. The focus of the services is to provide assistance towards the implementation of the province’s New Directions curriculum that is relevant to First Nation students’ needs, to provide the direction and leadership for long-term education reform that will lead to the development of a First Nations Curriculum, and to provide training, guidance, and support to First Nations staff and educational leadership to facilitate capacity building. » Visit Website

Mandated by the Indian Chiefs of Manitoba in 1979, the Manitoba Indian Education Association, Inc. (MIEA) is a non-profit student services organization. The MIEA mission statement is: to promote the advancement of Indian Education for us and by us in a total approach which encompasses social and economic development in an environment that embraces Aboriginal culture and history and stimulates growth.  » Visit Website

The objective of the Manitoba Métis Federation is to promote the political, social, and economic interests of its members. We understand that in order to do this we must encourage and assist our members to achieve education. We are always striving to offer programs and services to meet our goals. We also are the political voice for the Métis people, and we strive to change government policy as it relates to the betterment of the lives of the Métis. » Visit Website

The Program for the Education of Native Teachers (PENT) is an Aboriginal teacher preparation program based on an apprenticeship model. The extensive internship is the most significant aspect of the program and makes it unique among teacher education programs in Canada. Students combine para-professional work in their community schools from September to March with courses at Brandon University from April through July. Graduating teachers will spend approximately 50 months in schools before receiving their certification. » Visit website

Sioux Valley School, serving students from Head Start to Senior 4 in three locations, is located on Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, a progressive community located 50 kilometres west of Brandon, Manitoba. Its schools provide culturally appropriate instruction for 300 students; as well, the community serves an adult student population. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, which has 2,114 members and is located on 4,136 hectares of land, signed the first self-government agreement in Manitoba.  » Visit Website

The West Region Tribal Council, representing seven First Nation communities in west-central Manitoba, has a mandate to assist communities with education and development. It supports the goals of the research project to bring in more Aboriginal resource people to enhance our children’s education, whether on or off reserve.  » Visit Website