Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 12, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Aboriginal Youth in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), today announced funding for Children of the Earth High School, Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Manitoba Indian Education Association, Rossbrook House, and the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association.

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

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping Aboriginal youth gain the skills they need to achieve their goals," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support organizations that help young Canadians gain confidence and share positive stories about their culture."

"The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow," said Mrs. Glover. "By supporting these organizations, we are providing young Aboriginal people with resources that support their development and an environment that fosters success."

"In the city, Aboriginal youth face many challenges that impact their lives," said Kristin Folster, Honouring Our Spirits Coordinator for the Manitoba Indian Education Association. "Our young people need to be strong enough to say 'no' to the negative influences that surround them. Our project helps them to be ready to make the right choices."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $726,096 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.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)


On October 12, 2010, Canadian Heritage announced its support through Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth for the following projects:

  • Children of the Earth High School, Oshki-inniek-kabahbiindigaot (Young Men Entering), 2010-2011, $108,862

Children of the Earth is an Aboriginal academic institution in Winnipeg. Oshki-inniek-kabahbiindigaot is a holistic pilot project which integrates Aboriginal content, culture, and ceremonies into a learning environment and is designed to support the participants' cultural identity building, as well as their personal and academic growth and development. The project will support 25 to 30 at-risk adolescent Aboriginal males aged 14 to 17.

  • Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg, Keeping Our Youth, 2010-2011, $117,488

Established in 1958, the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg provides guidance and referral services to Indian and Métis people in Winnipeg on matters of employment, housing, education, health, and other community services. The project Keeping Our Youth will foster positive self-identity for urban Aboriginal youth through cultural, recreational, and social activities such as arts and crafts, educational and training workshops, and sports. The project will engage up to 200 Aboriginal youth aged 10 to 24.

  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Camp Wii Gii Dii Win, 2010-2011, $94,826

Founded in 1984, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre provides culturally relevant, supportive programs and services for Aboriginal families. Located at Camp Manitou, Camp Wii Gii Dii Win is a culture-themed camping/outdoor experience for urban Aboriginal youth and their families. The programming will include traditional cultural activities such as teachings and ceremonies, Aboriginal arts and crafts, traditional and contemporary sports and recreation activities, and various learning opportunities related to healthy lifestyles, positive choices, and family values

  • Manitoba Indian Education Association, Honouring Our Spirits, 2010-2011, $140,000

The Manitoba Indian Education Association (MIEA), established by the Chiefs of Manitoba in 1978, currently provides student support services and programs for First Nations students attending high school and post-secondary programs. Honouring Our Spirits aims to build success in life through Aboriginal cultural knowledge and well-being, and will include cultural identity building; traditional expression; ceremonies; field trips to sacred sites; traditional teachings, crafts, skills, and games; community engagement; health and wellness; and life skills and personal development.

  • Rossbrook House, Eagles' Nest, 2010-2011, $57,920

Rossbrook House is a neighbourhood centre for children and youth in Winnipeg's inner city. Eagles' Nest is a drop-in project designed to provide at-risk urban Aboriginal youth with access to cultural, social, and recreational activities that will strengthen awareness of their heritage and help them develop a positive self-image. Activities are inspired by the four core Aboriginal traditional values of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity, and will include sweats, teachings, powwows, wellness workshops, public speaking, community volunteering, and various sports.

  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association, Youth Achievement Project (YAP), 2010–2011, $207,000

The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association is an Aboriginal recreation organization located in the inner city of Winnipeg. The Youth Achievement Project will provide up to 150 Aboriginal young people with cultural activities, wellness and active lifestyle activities, and leadership and life-skills development. YAP is based on Aboriginal values like the Circle of Courage, ongoing community dialogue, peer mentoring, and the removal of barriers that prevent youth from full participation and growth.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Director - Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-899-8611
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations