Source: Louis Riel Institute
Summary: Standing Tall was developed by the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), as a three-year pilot project to research the effects of community involvement in education. As a result of the preliminary findings of the pilot, there has been additional funding to continue the research and determine the next steps. During this transitional phase, the MMF began developing an expansion plan with the support of research from the pilot project. The Standing Tall program continues to run successfully through the Louis Riel Institute (LRI), the culture and education authority for the MMF.
The concept “Standing Tall” was based on an educational concept from New Zealand, created by and for its Indigenous people. It is an adaptation of the Maori program, “Tu Tangata,” translated literally means “standing tall”, which denoted the pride the Elders in the Maori community had for its younger people. “Tu Tangata” was initiated because the Indigenous community could see its children were struggling in the public school system… poor attendance, high suspension and drop-out rates, an increase in gang involvement, and drug and alcohol use.