Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 09, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Aboriginal Youth in Prince Albert

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament (Prince Albert), today announced funding for the Indian Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert Corporation, the P.A. Outreach Program, the Prince Albert Métis Nation Local #7, and the Prince Albert Métis Women's Association.

This funding will help the organizations provide Aboriginal youth in Prince Albert with activities that incorporate Aboriginal values, cultures, and traditional practices. The projects are designed to strengthen identity; improve social, economic, and personal prospects; and enable youth to fully participate in Canadian society.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping Aboriginal people build healthy communities. Focusing on the development of young people is key to ensuring this happens," said Minister Moore. "These initiatives will allow young Aboriginal people to become more active participants in shaping their future and in contributing to the growth of their community."

"Our Government is proud to support projects that help Aboriginal youth gain the skills they need to achieve their goals," said Mr. Hoback. "These organizations will offer programming that will engage the young people of Prince Albert and guide them in making positive life choices."

"Thanks to this investment by the Government of Canada, we are able to deliver our Aboriginal Parenting Program to young parents in our community," said Darlene McKay, Executive Director of the Prince Albert Métis Women's Association. "We will provide multi-barriered parents the opportunity to learn effective parenting skills through activities that incorporate Aboriginal culture, values, and practices."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $342,492 through the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth initiative (formerly known as the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative) of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program. This initiative provides Aboriginal young people aged 10 to 24, living in urban settings across Canada, with programming that incorporates Aboriginal values, cultures, and traditional practices in projects and activities designed to improve their social, economic, and personal prospects and to strengthen their cultural identity.

For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

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On November 9, 2010, Canadian Heritage announced its support through Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth for the following projects:

  • Indian Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert Corporation, Group Alternatives to Native Gangs (G.A.N.G.), 2010–2011, $55,763

The G.A.N.G. project will provide a safe zone for 20 to 30 Aboriginal youth aged 15 to 24. Through the project activities, youth will learn about the realities of gangs, build their cultural identity, and develop their sense of community. The project activities bring elders and role models together with youth to provide a support system in a culturally relevant manner. Youth will learn about community responsibility and be able to build identity through cultural and community engagement activities such as elder teachings, traditional arts and crafts, creating and maintaining a community garden, educational workshops, sports, recreation and social events, and fine arts.

  • P.A. Outreach Program, Teachings of the Sacred Fire, 2010–2011, $75,394

Teachings of the Sacred Fire will assist youth in making positive choices in their lives and in learning how to be healthy, productive young people. The project strives to improve the cultural, social, economic, and personal prospects of urban Aboriginal youth in the city of Prince Albert. Teachings of the Sacred Fire will offer talking circles, classes, workshops, street outreach, and two cultural camps for approximately 200 Aboriginal youth aged 10 to 22. Built into the activities will be four holistic teachings/components entitled The Sacred Pipe, Talking Stick, Medicine Wheel, and Medicine Bundle, as well as elder teachings.

  • Prince Albert Métis Nation Local #7, Keepers of the Fire Spirit, 2010–2011, $109,188

The Keepers of the Fire Spirit project will allow youth to become involved in positive and affirmative activities that promote harmony and cultural knowledge while teaching them to become leaders and role models for other youth. Project activities include elder teachings, cultural craft workshops, two cultural awareness camps, traditional music, dance and ceremonies. Activities will take place at Prince Albert Métis Nation Local #7 and at various community schools and other organizations.

  • Prince Albert Métis Women's Association (PAMWA), Aboriginal Parenting,
    2010–2011, $102,147

Up to 60 young Aboriginal parents aged 15 to 29 will benefit from PAMWA's Aboriginal Parenting project. Many young Aboriginal parents are faced with multiple barriers that hinder their ability to effectively parent, with a high number losing their children to the foster care system. This project offers Aboriginal parents activities that incorporate Aboriginal cultural values, traditions, and practices that will better enable them to raise a family. Activities will include culturally relevant parenting classes, life skills and wellness workshops, and family-based activities such as family meals and games.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Director, Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 or Cell: 204-899-8611
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations