An International Education Exchange Between The Red River Métis And Israel

May 2, 2023

May 2, 2023, Beersheba, Israel

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), Vickar Automotive Group (Vickar Group) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have signed a DONOR PLEDGE AGREEMENT(DPA) to establish a partnership for research, education and culture exchange.

The DPA was signed on May 2, 2023, at the BGU campus in Beersheba, by MMF President David Chartrand, Larry Vickar of the Vickar Group, and BGU Vice-President Jeff Kaye.

The Partnership aims to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between the Red River Métis community and the academic community in Israel. The collaboration will focus on research in areas such as health, environment, and social issues, as well as educational and cultural programs. The partnership will also involve the sharing of resources and expertise.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, MMF President David Chartrand said, "This partnership between MMF, the Vickar Group and BGU is a significant step towards advancing research and education in areas of mutual interest. By working together, we can leverage our strengths and expertise to address some of the most pressing issues facing our communities today. We are excited about the legacy opportunities that this partnership will create for our students and researchers."

Vice-President Jeff Kaye echoed President Chartrand's sentiments, saying, "We are honoured to partner with the Manitoba Métis Federation and the Vickar Group and contribute to the advancement of research and education in Canada and Israel. This partnership reflects our commitment to building bridges across cultures and borders."

MMF Minister of Education Joan Ledoux added, "This partnership will provide opportunities for our Red River Métis students to engage in international academic exchanges and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the Israeli academic community. We are excited about the potential for collaboration and innovation that this partnership represents."

Minister of Early Learning & Child Care Frances Chartrand also highlighted the importance of the partnership, stating, "This collaboration will provide opportunities for our community to learn from and share our knowledge with others, and to strengthen our relationships with other cultures and communities. We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will have on our community and the next generations of tomorrow."

The MMF also expressed its appreciation for the support of Larry Vickar, who shall be contributing his funds to the partnership. President Chartrand said, "We are grateful for Larry Vickar's support and commitment to the Métis community. His contribution will help to ensure the success of this partnership and the benefits it will bring to our community."

Larry Vickar expressed his support for the MMF and BGU, stated, "I am proud to support this partnership with the Manitoba Métis Federation and Ben-Gurion University. I believe that this collaboration will lead to new opportunities for innovation and learning, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on both our communities."

The Donor Pledge Agreement will be effective immediately and will be in effect for five years, with the possibility of renewal.

About Manitoba Métis Federation

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratically elected National Government of the Red River Métis, the origin and core of the Homeland. The Red River Métis are Canada's Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

About Ben-Gurion University

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a public research university in Beersheba, Israel. The university is known for its cutting-edge research in various fields, including water, energy, neuroscience, and cybersecurity. BGU is committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding and to fostering relationships with academic and cultural institutions worldwide.

About Vickar Automotive Group

Vickar Automotive Group consisting of eight different companies representing six different manufacturers and employing over four hundred team members.

For more information, please contact:

Manitoba Métis Federation

Kat Patenaude (Canada)
Phone: 204-801-7710
Email: [email protected]

Ke Ning (International)
Phone: +1 613-297-5193
Email: [email protected]

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ehud Zion Waldoks
Phone: +972-(0)54-677-5564
Email: [email protected]

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