Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 15, 2010 15:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 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 Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad for its project Youth Matters – Providing Youth with the Tools to Change What Matters to Them.

Youth Matters is a culturally based project designed to connect with and involve a core group of Aboriginal youth aged 11 to 24 living in Winnipeg. The project will allow these young people to explore their culture and gain a better understanding of their history through a number of activities, including traditional arts and crafts, wellness, active living, and skills development workshops. This initiative will enhance the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being of urban Aboriginal youth. It is expected that participants will gain a better understanding of the contemporary issues impacting Aboriginal people and communities today.

"Our Government is committed to providing Aboriginal young people with community-based, culturally focused initiatives such as this one," said Minister Moore. "These activities will support the development of Aboriginal youth in Winnipeg by providing an environment in which they can connect with each other and their culture and ultimately gain the tools they need to become leaders in their community."

"Through this project, Ndinawe will offer our young people the opportunity to learn about their culture and traditional values while teaching them that they are valued individuals and members of our community," said Mrs. Glover. "Young people who overcome barriers and gain a positive sense of self will see their future as bright and full of promise."

"Aboriginal youth have consistently told us that learning about their culture is important to them," said Tammy Christensen, Executive Director of Ndinawe. "The Youth Matters program allows youth opportunities to develop a strong sense of identity and self-awareness. Youth with positive self-identity feel a stronger sense of belonging to family, community, and peers. By respecting the voice of Aboriginal youth, and responding to their needs, we assist them to increase skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities, and create opportunities for them to make positive choices for themselves."

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad, established in 1993, is a non-profit Aboriginal organization that provides programs of shelter, culture, recreation, education, and support. The safe home provides 24-hour shelter and basic necessities for Winnipeg children and youth who are living on the streets and are at risk for abuse and exploitation. The Youth Resource Centre programs positively encourage youth in areas of education, personal relationships, life skills, parenting, and culture. The drop-in is a place where city youth are welcome in the evening. Services provided are tutoring, parenting, a cooking club, computer lab, sports, and art programs.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $59,170 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
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre - Director
    Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 or Cell: 204-899-8611
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca