Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 14, 2007 17:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Skills Development to Help Aboriginals Move Out of Homelessness

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2007) - The Government of Canada today announced financial assistance for a Housing and Life Skills program that will help Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Kamloops and the surrounding area.

The Interior Indian Friendship Society will use $121,618 in federal homelessness funding to offer the Housing and Life Skills program, which will provide homeless individuals with improved access to programs and services that will help them to make the transition from the streets to more stable housing alternatives.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Ms. Betty Hinton, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. "Programs such as those of the Interior Indian Friendship Society are enabling vulnerable individuals to access the information, life skills training and services they require to become more independent and enjoy a better quality of life."

The Housing and Life Skills program will provide support and services to Aboriginal people in Kamloops, including one-on-one assistance with obtaining personal identification documents, and access to housing information and referral services. The Society will also offer life skills workshops and certificate programs that will provide participants with basic survival, personal hygiene, housekeeping and budgeting skills along with developing their knowledge and skills in the area of human relations, problem solving, long-term planning, assertiveness and self-esteem.

The Government of Canada, through its Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), is taking action to prevent and reduce homelessness. This Strategy is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The HPS puts in place structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society.

For more information on the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office