Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 31, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Aboriginal Youth People in La Ronge

LA RONGE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River), today announced funding for the Jim Brady Metis Local #19 for its La Ronge Cross-Cultural Awareness and Physical Health Project.

This project is a partnership between Jim Brady Metis Local #19 and the Kikinahk Friendship Centre. Through this initiative, Aboriginal youth will increase their knowledge of Metis culture and heritage. They will also improve their physical health and build valuable life skills through hands-on participation in workshops, sport events, and historical tours.

"Our Government is committed to supporting projects that help Aboriginal young people contribute to the growth of their community and Canada," said Minister Moore. "By getting these young people involved in the management of the project, we are building future leaders and role models."

"I am pleased that our Government is supporting a project that helps Aboriginal young people develop life skills, leadership, and knowledge for the future," said Mr. Clarke. "Today's investment will help Aboriginal youth celebrate and strengthen their culture."

"The project will provide young people with an opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities that recognize and honour the Aboriginal contribution to the cultural fabric of our community and assist in the development of an Aboriginal Youth Council," said Al Rivard, President of Jim Brady Metis Local #19. "Through the Council, young people will have an active role in maintaining the initiatives begun under this project and provide leadership in the community."

The Jim Brady Metis Local #19 was created to promote the Metis community in La Ronge and the surrounding area. It emphasizes economic development, social awareness, and opportunities for Metis people.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $74,984 under the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pa-app/pgm/cupja-umayc/index-eng.cfm) of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pa-app/index-eng.cfm). This initiative supports community, culturally-based projects for urban Aboriginal young people to improve their social, economic, and personal prospects and to strengthen their cultural identity.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
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    Canadian Heritage
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    Regional Communications - Prairies and Northern Region
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    Cell: 204-228-8866
    roxanne.carriere@pch.gc.ca
    or
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