Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 13, 2009 16:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Metis Child and Family Services Society

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont), today announced funding for the Metis Child and Family Services Society.

This funding will be used to support Choices, a partnership project that aims to provide culturally appropriate programs and support services to urban Aboriginal young people to improve success in school and encourage the pursuit of their education. The Choices project provides opportunities for participants to learn about their culture, identify with their heritage, gain self-confidence, and develop a sense of citizenship while completing junior high school.

"Our Government is committed to helping Aboriginal young people gain the skills they need to achieve their goals," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support an organization that helps young Aboriginal women and men gain independence and succeed in school and in life."

"It is very important for our Metis young people to be able to take advantage of education opportunities while still retaining a sense of who they are culturally, linguistically, and historically," said Mr. Lake. "I am proud that our Government is supporting the Choices partnership to make dreams become reality."

"The day-to-day support provided by Choices allows Aboriginal youth in school to receive the support and services they need in an accessible way," said Donald Langford, Executive Director of the Metis Child and Family Services Society. "This much needed community support through The Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres programming element addresses the needs in our community."

The Metis Child and Family Services Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1985 and has grown to be a key social-service provider for Metis families living in Edmonton. The Choices youth support project will use a holistic approach to provide support, guidance, personal development workshops, and cultural awareness initiatives to local Aboriginal youth.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $150,000 under the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program. 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
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155