Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 11, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in YMCA of Regina's Future Leaders Project

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, 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 that will help them acquire the necessary skills to become positive role models to younger generations. The TYL works in partnership with Aboriginal and community agencies and in collaboration with Aboriginal youth, who function as key decision makers in the planning and implementation of the project.

"Our Government is supporting projects that help young Aboriginal people acquire life skills for the future," said Minister Moore. "Today's investment will provide them with access to valuable resources that allow them to reach their full potential."

"The YMCA of Regina plays a vital role in our community," said Mr. Lukiwski. "I'm pleased that our Government is supporting the Tomorrow's Y's Leaders project, which will help equip Regina's Aboriginal young people to become strong leaders in our city."

"Through the support of the Government of Canada, the TYL project empowers Aboriginal youth to have a voice in terms of their own leadership development," said Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, Manager of Community Development and Initiatives for the YMCA of Regina. "This provides them with the confidence needed to have a major impact in their community."

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 under the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pa-app/pgm/cupja-umayc/index-eng.cfm) of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pa-app/index-eng.cfm). This initiative supports community, culturally-based projects for urban Aboriginal young people 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 Media Room.

Contact Information

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