Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 19, 2006 17:45 ET

Canada's New Government Supports the Metis Nation of Alberta Association

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced $686,760 in funding for the Metis Nation of Alberta Association. The funds will support more than a dozen projects, including after-school programs in music, history, dance and cooking; workshops on genealogy, cultural history, language, traditional dress, and storytelling; wilderness camps; and cultural youth camps that will help Aboriginal youth improve study habits, social skills, and increased cultural awareness.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with the Metis Nation of Alberta Association," said Minister Oda. "The funding announced today will help keep Aboriginal young people in school and develop their cultural awareness. It will also give young Metis the skills to become leaders in their communities."

"Canada's New Government is working with young Metis, community leaders, and other Aboriginal community organizations to develop integrated services for young people that will build on existing partnerships on cultural projects," said Minister Prentice.

"We take great pride in supporting Metis young people in Alberta as they connect with their history and develop the skills necessary for success in their life aspirations," said Mr. Hawn.

The Metis Nation of Alberta's mission is to pursue the advancement of the socio-economic and cultural well-being of the Metis people of Alberta. Through its programs and policies, the Metis Nation of Alberta facilitates the advancement of Metis people through the pursuit of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-management.

Canada's New Government will provide funding through the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre component of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program. Funding announced today will help promote community youth projects that focus on life skills, health, community involvement, as well as personal, cultural, and leadership development.

This Department of Canadian Heritage program provides Aboriginal young people aged 15 to 24, living in urban settings, with projects and activities that are culturally relevant and based in the Aboriginal community. This program helps Aboriginal young people improve their economic, social, and personal prospects.

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 Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101