National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

February 24, 2005 12:39 ET

FEDERAL BUDGET ANNOUNCES $10-MILLION GRANT

FEDERAL BUDGET ANNOUNCES $10-MILLION GRANT TO NATIONAL ABORIGINAL ACHIEVEMENT FOUNDATION TO BENEFIT FIRST NATIONS, METIS, AND INUIT STUDENTS Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 24, 2005) - To further support and encourage achievement at higher levels of education by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students, the federal government has committed an additional $10-million to the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.
The announcement was made yesterday by the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, in the government's 2005 Budget Message. Mr. Goodale said the allocation was part of the Government's priority to support the educational aspirations of aboriginal students.

The Foundation already administers a $12-million endowment scholarship fund established by the federal government in 2003.

"I'm pleased that the Federal Government has engaged in priorities raised by the Aboriginal Leadership over time, and recognized the importance of supporting our young people in the area of education," said Roberta Jamieson, the Foundation's CEO. "I also see this as recognition of the credibility, efficiency and independence of the Foundation. I intend to use this additional money as leverage to raise still more funds from provincial and territorial governments, aboriginal communities, and companies and institutions who understand how well this investment pays off for Canada."

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in its 20th year, is a nationally registered charity that awards more than $2 million annually to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students for education and training. The Foundation is the largest supporter of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education outside of government.

Funds are contributed to the Foundation by the private sector, individuals, and governments.

The Foundation also sponsors other activities to assist in the improvement of educational opportunities for aboriginal students and the successful conversion of their bountiful potential into achievement.
/For further information: Scott Cavan, Dir. Media Relations, NAAF - 416.926.0775; 416.885.9872 cell or Chris Allicock, Publicity, NAAF - 416.319.8003 / IN: EDUCATION, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Scott Cavan, Director of Media Relations, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-926-0775 ext. 244
    Secondary Phone: 416-885-9872
    Toll-Free: 800-329-9780
    E-mail: scavan@naaf.ca