The Manitoba Métis Federation announced its new Post-Secondary Education Support Program on Friday.

The MMF, in partnership with the Canadian government, will receive close to $90 million over the course of the next 10 years, and then after that, they will receive $9.9 million yearly.

The Federation is hoping to award up to $5,000 to 1,000 students for the upcoming school year. MMF said this agreement ensures that Métis students in the province can have access to financial and much-needed student supports for the next decade.

“That young person can now say, I can be whatever I want to be because the Métis nation is there to back me up,” said President of the MMF, David Chartrand.

Chartrand added that the funding is long overdue, and new opportunities will be created for Métis people.

Anyone wanting to apply for funding is encouraged to do so online.