Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 14, 2010 16:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Metis Child and Family Services Society

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Métis Child and Family Services Society.

This funding will help the society deliver it project Choices – A Partnership, which is designed to provide Aboriginal youth with one-on-one support, talking circles, and after-school activities.

"Our Government is committed to helping Aboriginal young people gain the skills they need to achieve their goals," said Minister Moore. "It is important to recognize the value of these kinds of initiatives, and I am pleased that our Government is providing this funding to the Métis Child and Family Services Society."

"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in organizations like the Métis Child and Family Services Society because of the vital role they play in preserving and strengthening the Métis community and fostering the personal development of Métis youth," said Mr. Hawn. "Supporting the education of our Aboriginal youth is critical. They are our next generation of leaders and a key part of tomorrow's labour force."

"We'd like to thank Canadian Heritage for playing such a big part in supporting our youth over the years," said Donald Langford, Executive Director of the Métis Child and Family Services Society. "Providing this avenue for our youth to practice their culture and celebrate their ceremonies is very important to help them discover and maintain their identity while growing as individuals. It is encouraging that more of our youth are completing their education and finding meaningful careers."

The Métis Child and Family Services Society, founded in 1985, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of Aboriginal children and families by building the capacity of the Métis community through culturally sensitive and appropriate services and programs.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $150,000 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.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Jean-Luc Benoit
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Communications
    Western Region
    Canadian Heritage
    604-666-5739
    or
    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca