McMurray Métis Secures Funding for 2020 Summer Student Program
The McMurray Métis Summer Student Program is in it’s fourth year and has provided students with so much more than work
experience. They are able to connect with their Métis culture and learn more about their heritage.
We would like to thank the Honourable Carla Qualtrough for her commitment towards the McMurray Métis 2020 Summer
Student Program. The support of $138,000 from her department, Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion,
via the Canada Summer Jobs Program allowed us to hire more Indigenous students during the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist
after the April flood cleanup in Fort McMurray.
“On behalf of McMurray Métis, I would like to offer our sincere appreciation to Minister Qualtrough. We are so glad that we
could provide our youth with mentorship opportunities and secure Summer employment to help set them up for successful
futures. Without this grant the operation and success of this year’s Summer Student Program wouldn’t have been possible,”
said President Gail Gallupe.
We are also honoured to have the support from our friends at the Métis Nation of Alberta and Rupertsland Institute and thank
them for their $75,000 contribution towards the Summer Student Program.
This year we have 34 Indigenous students working. They have helped members whose homes where affected by the devesting
flood and are also doing lawn maintenance for our Elders. They also learn about traditional ways of life by participating in
activities with Elders such as boating on the rivers, clearing up traplines and campsites, and planting a garden of traditional plants
“This program has given me and other Indigenous youth the opportunity to develop skills needed for our futures, from respect
and accountability and other traditional lessons from the seven teachings and will be great to have on our resumes for our
future careers. Being able to secure a Summer job through this program meant I didn’t have to worry about making a living
during the pandemic and I also got to have some fun through all the activities we do.” Lenny Hansen, Summer Student – Lead.
This year’s program was also made possible thanks to Infinity Métis Corporation and their support through collaborative efforts
from their strategic partners.
• BrandSafway Infinity received a contract from Suncor Energy to provide scaffolding and insulation at refineries in
Edmonton, Alberta and Sarnia, Ontario.
• Norcan Infinity received a five-year contract to provide instrumentation and electrical services at Syncrude Canada.
• Thompson Infinity has completed a significant amount of work for the Mildred Lake Expansion at Syncrude Canada.
• TNT Infinity has solidified and continues to do great and safe work for the turnaround at MEG Energy.
• Paragon Infinity carries on at Imperial’s Kearl Lake working under their maintenance contract doing important
We look forward to the fifth year of the Summer Student Program which will commence in June 2021.