MONTREAL, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Rita S. Karakas, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth (CWY), and Sandra Gaudet, Executive Director of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy
of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI), signed a memorandum of understanding
to co-host a national Aboriginal youth symposium, "Aboriginal Youth and
Confederation: Learning From the Past & Building For the Future" in
Charlottetown, to be held in Prince Edward Island on June 26-28, 2014.
The symposium provides Aboriginal young people from across Canada with
the opportunity to identify and prioritize their needs, issues and
ideas in the context of Confederation and its impacts on Aboriginal
people in the past, present and future.
"This symposium will enable Aboriginal youth to identifying specific
needs in skill development and educational interests from the various
programs offered by CWY over the past 40 years, explains Rita S.
According to Sandra Gaudet, "Both of our organizations are committed to
supporting the knowledge and skills of Aboriginal youth to play
leadership roles in their communities and increase their involvement in
the roles and issues that are important to them."
The MOU provides a framework for cooperation by which CWY and MCPEI will
work closely to advance the Project and its objectives as follows:
Provide a forum for Aboriginal young people to share information about
the contemporary significance of Confederation.
Generate ideas for addressing specific challenges facing Aboriginal
young people across Canada.
Create formal and informal networks to assist Aboriginal young people
across the country with the development of a 'National Framework'.
About CWY (www.canadaworldyouth.org)
Founded in 1971, CWY is a leader in developing leadership, health and
environment oriented international education programs for young people
aged 15 to 35. A non-profit organization, Canada World Youth is
dedicated to enriching the lives of young people who have a desire to
become informed and active global citizens.
CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable
About MCPEI (www.mcpei.ca)
The Mi‛kmaq Confederacy of PEI is a not-for-profit Tribal Council and
Provincial Territorial Organization. MCPEI builds relationships with
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal stakeholders; conducts research; advises
on policy issues; develops and implements collaborative initiatives;
and provides direct services and support to First Nations people.
SOURCE: Canada World Youth
For further information:
For more information, please contact:
Julie Brouard, Director, Communications, Canada World Youth
514-608-8360, 1-800-605-3526 ext. 310
Lori St. Onge, Director of Aboriginal Justice, Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
902-367-3681, 902-626-2882 ext. 224