Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 18, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Qikiqtani Inuit Association's Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Project

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon) today announced funding for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

The $86,000 in funds will help the Association launch a two-year pilot project, which will operate out of the Pangnirtung Youth Centre. The project will offer Inuit young people opportunities to improve their skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that provide innovative opportunities to Aboriginal young people and help equip them to become leaders and role models," said Minister Verner.

"It is important that we help Aboriginal young people reach their full potential," said Minister Strahl. "Projects like these allow them to engage in their community, and become active participants in shaping their future."

This pilot project also brings together federal, territorial, local, and Aboriginal governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, to lend support to issues confronting young people in the North.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre (UMAYC) component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program. UMAYC supports community and culturally-based projects for urban Aboriginal young people to improve their social, economic, and personal prospects and to strengthen their cultural identity.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations