Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 08, 2010 11:37 ET

Government of Canada Supports Leadership Development for Aboriginal Youth

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 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 to the Native Women's Transition Centre for its project entitled "Up Next" – Community-Based Succession Planning with Aboriginal Youth.

This funding will enable the Centre to engage Aboriginal young people in community-based succession planning through leadership development, community engagement, and cultural development. Activities will include leadership training sessions, educational forums, peer support sessions, and traditional gatherings. The project will provide Aboriginal youth with the skills, knowledge, and experience required to manage and lead Aboriginal non-profit community-based service organizations in the future, and increase their confidence in taking leadership positions in the community.

"Our Government is committed to providing young Aboriginal people with the necessary resources and tools to make positive life choices," said Minster Moore. "We are pleased to support the important work being done by the Native Women's Transition Centre."

"I'm proud that our Government is supporting 'Up Next,' a project that will allow young Aboriginal people to become more active participants in shaping their future and in contributing to the growth of their community," said Mrs. Glover. "Through this unique initiative, Aboriginal youth will emerge as leaders of tomorrow."

"We are delighted to receive this funding from the Government of Canada, which will allow us, in collaboration with our community partners, to provide leadership training to our Aboriginal youth," said Lucille Bruce, Executive Director of the Native Women's Transition Centre. "Our hope is to create a model that other community-based organizations can use for years to come."

The Native Women's Transition Centre is a not-for-profit Aboriginal organization based in Winnipeg. It works to provide accessible, community-based, culturally-focused projects for Aboriginal people.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $75,250 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

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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    Prairies and Northern Region
    204-983-4367
    Cell: 204-899-8611
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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