The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) has recently launched their new homeschooling strategy to support Métis parents who want to homeschool their children for the health and safety of their families and communities.
“Imagine your child coming home having contracted COVID-19 from school and passing it on to their grandparents without realizing it, and then their grandparents leaving this world because of it. Imagine the mental and psychological impact it will have on the child,” said the MMF President David Chartrand.
“We are doing everything in our power now to make sure that the families that need support receive it. We already have hundreds of parents calling the federation asking for support. Our federation is doing everything necessary, and we will do our best to get our children ready for when they need to go back to school, making sure they will not be missing anything.”
Food for Thought Hampers or backpacks filled with school supplies will be delivered to the homes of eligible citizens. Citizens will also have access to tutors who can help them with their schoolwork if need be.
The MMF will be offering online classes in the core subject areas which will be taught by certified teachers in age-appropriate groupings. Other resources such as funding for high school students who want to take accredited courses through Independent Study Option will also be available.
“One of our priorities right from the get-go was that we wanted to make sure our Metis families and children have the support they needed to make a decision in light of COVID-19 and the increase of the numbers in the last while,” said MMF Minister of Education Joan Ledoux.
“We had put out a press release on September 8, which was the same day school had started. Our Metis citizens came to us, letting us know they didn’t know what to do. They were scared and afraid for their families because some already had compromised immune systems.”
Metis parents who are interested in homeschooling their children must fill out applications and fulfil provincial registration requirements as well as send in a report periodically to let them know how the student is progressing.
The MMF has hired qualified people to walk through parents with the steps they need to take in order to homeschool their children.
“We are not there to make a decision for the parents, we are there to help them so that they understand exactly what is available for them and the options they can take in the interest of their children,” said Ledoux.
In March, the MMF started a learning management system for adult students attending the Louis Riel Institute. This homeschooling initiative will be using the same tool to educate young Metis students.
The MMF will also provide some funding for high-school students who want to take accredited courses through the independent study option.
Parents can reach out to the federation at email@example.com or call 1-800-665-8474 for any additional questions or assistance.
Nicole Wong is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Nicole Wong, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun