Feb 27, 2014
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Maria Campbell, Métis Author and Elder once said that “The Métis and our stories and culture are a Red River Cart. GDI is a Red River Cart which is loaded down with our culture, our knowledge. We’re going to go into that cart and go into a proud future.” That prophesy is being fulfilled today. For many Métis Elders, it feels like just the other day when Métis people helped to lay the foundation for Gabriel Dumont Institute at the 1976 Métis Cultural Conference in Saskatoon.
In 2013, Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation (GDSF) gave 319 scholarships worth $175,400 to Métis students. This is the most number of scholarships ever issued by GDSF and by far the highest amount in scholarship awards in the history of GDI.
Director of Finance Cory McDougall stated that “The amount of scholarships awarded by GDI has been increasing every year since 2006. Since 1986, GDI has issued over $1.2 million in scholarships and bursaries to Métis students.” According to Cory, 2013 was a particularly strong year due to fundraising involving GDSF Golf Tournament and new partnerships such as the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship and others. It was also our first year with a full time scholarship coordinator, Amy Briley.