Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 08, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Organization

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Joy Smith, Member of Parliament (Kildonan–St. Paul), today announced funding for the Seven Oaks Parents in Support of Aboriginal Education.

Through its project Keeping Balance, the organization will provide young people with activities that will enhance their personal development and promote the importance of staying in school. The project is also designed to strengthen their cultural identity and improve their social, economic, and personal prospects. Project activities are aimed at Aboriginal youth living in the community area of the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg.

"Our Government is committed to supporting community-based activities that connect Aboriginal youth with their culture," said Minister Moore. "This initiative allows young Aboriginal people to become more active participants in shaping their future and in contributing to the growth of their community."

"This project will increase the pride of Aboriginal youth in our community and help build self-confidence and self-esteem," said Ms. Smith. "Keeping Balance offers Aboriginal youth a series of activities that promote a positive lifestyle."

"The funding will provide a much needed resource for the Aboriginal students in the Seven Oaks School Division," said Karen Beaudin, parent and Chair of the Seven Oaks Parents in Support of Aboriginal Education. "Sincere thanks to the Government of Canada for their support and for believing in parents who want to make a difference in their child's education."

Seven Oaks Parents in Support of Aboriginal Education, formed in 2002, is a not-for-profit volunteer Aboriginal organization. The group is comprised of Aboriginal parents concerned with the education of their children within the school division. The parents believe that, in order to have their children complete their education, they must participate fully in their school and community.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $138,374 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
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Director - Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-899-8611
    Canadian Heritage
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