Last Saturday evening, BC Métis Federation Vice President Daryl Piper and Secretary Joe Desjarlais attended the 2014 Native Education College Awards Gala at the Coast Coal Harbour hotel in Vancouver. The ceremony has been created since 2011 to recognize the accomplishments of graduates and past board members.
The college website states, “The gala pays tribute to the best students and most successful alumni, powerfully presenting what is possible when culturally relevant education unlocks human potential.” College President Dan Guinan explained at the gala how the college has developed over 35 years and discussed their vision for the future in connecting with the community to meet shifting demands.
BC Métis Federation Secretary Joe Desjarlais stated, “This was truly an amazing evening. The powerful words and actions that evening demonstrated what is possible in life for indigenous peoples, including Métis.”
Throughout the evening, community and business partners, family members, chiefs, politicians, distinguished guests, and many others honored the recipients with awards that were named after leaders.
Secretary Joe Desjarlais added, “I echo the words of Regional chief Jody Wilson Raybould who stated that education is a key to unlocking our future. As BCMF education portfolio holder, I am convinced that education is a key to equip Métis people, build vital communities and dynamic cultures and to establish their significance in this city, province and nation, as Métis and as Canadians.”
BC Metis Federation Vice President Daryl Piper concluded, “This event gave me insight, considering the socioeconomic gap between mainstream and the Aboriginal population. More funding is needed and this program should be expanded. The Native Education College is exceptional and is well run with high standards. I want to thank the NEC for inviting the BC Metis Federation to participate in this important event.”