Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

August 13, 2009 16:00 ET

Minister Strahl Attends Closing Ceremonies for Saskatchewan First Nation Summer Games

ONION LAKE FIRST NATION, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, attended the closing ceremonies of the Saskatchewan First Nation Summer Games, August 9-13, at Onion Lake First Nation.

"Our government recognizes that strong youth lead to strong communities," said Minister Strahl. "That is why we are proud to invest in events such as these games where youth learn important values and life skills."

Aboriginal youth repesent the fastest growing population group in Canada. Just recently, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada invested in two new education programs - the Education Partnerships Program and the First Nation Student Success Program - setting the foundation for long-term improvement in First Nation education.

Youth engagement in their communities through sport has been shown to improve classroom achievement and overall academic success.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada contributed $250,000 toward the 2009 Saskatchewan First Nation Summer Games, which involved more than 4,000 athletes, aged 10-17, and 500 volunteers. The week-long event was hosted by the Onion Lake First Nation in cooperation with the City of Lloydminster and Sandy Beach Regional Park.

Saskatchewan First Nation Winter and Summer Games were initiated in 1974 as a way to encourage greater participation among First Nation youth in sports, promote healthy lifestyles and community involvement. Athletes came from all parts of Saskatchewan to represent their communities and tribal councils and to compete in six different sports during the Games.

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    Minister's Office
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    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
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