Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 08, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in YMCA of Regina Aboriginal Leadership Project

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament (Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre), today announced funding for the YMCA of Regina for its Tomorrow's Y's Leaders (TYL) project.

The project will engage young Aboriginal people in cultural and leadership development activities so they can nurture their potential as future leaders in their community. The youth will function as key decision-makers in the planning and implementation of the project while participating in educational and life skills workshops, sports, and community activities. The activities are being developed for the TYL in partnership with local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community agencies.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the important work being done by the YMCA of Regina," said Minister Moore. "By engaging youth so that they will begin to learn and practise leadership skills, this project will strengthen their community for generations to come."

"Our Government is proud to support accessible community-based projects such as Tomorrow's Y's Leaders," said Mr. Lukiwski. "This project will improve the cultural, economic, social, and personal prospects of our next generation of leaders."

"With funding from Canadian Heritage, the Tomorrow's Y's Leaders program is able to provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to improve their self-esteem, build upon their leadership skills, strengthen their interpersonal values, and expand on their appreciation of diversity," said Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, Manager of Community Development for the YMCA of Regina. "Through building relationships and connections with positive role models, youth are able to foster a sense of belonging while having fun."

The YMCA of Regina, incorporated in 1907, provides the entire community with programs and services to develop spirit, mind, and body. It is one of the main delivery agencies providing recreational programs and services specifically for youth.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,000 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 under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

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