KAMLOOPS, BC, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development, Ms. Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary
Secretary to Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for
Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo, today announced Government of Canada
support to White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society for a project that will promote economic security and prosperity among
young urban Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women.
"Through this project, young people will have the opportunity to develop
their skills and take on new opportunities in their communities and
throughout all sectors of the Canadian economy," said Minister Ambrose.
"With support from the Government of Canada, these young women,
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, are overcoming barriers to economic
security and prosperity."
"The Government of Canada recognizes the enormous potential of girls and
young women to succeed as individuals and to boost the economies of our
communities and our country," said Ms. McLeod. "This exciting new
project will open the door to economic opportunity and fulfilment for
its participants - young urban First Nations and Métis women as well as
non-Aboriginal young women facing multiple barriers - who will help
guide their communities toward a better quality of life and a brighter
The Government of Canada has approved over $4.8 million to date in
funding to carry out projects that promote leadership and economic
prosperity among girls and young women. Successful projects were chosen
following a Call for Proposals on the theme Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed, issued in June 2012.
White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health Society is receiving $200,000 in funding from the Government of Canada for its 24-month economic
security project. The organization will establish working groups to
provide the young women participants with leadership training and
mentoring support. The working groups will lead engagement sessions
with community stakeholders, raise awareness of harmful stereotypes and
barriers to opportunity, and promote girls' and women's prosperity.
"We are delighted to have the Government of Canada's support for this
groundbreaking project, which will help promising young women overcome
barriers and become active participants in their own lives, the lives
of their families, and in their community," said Dr. Deborah Canada,
Executive Director of the White Buffalo Aboriginal and Métis Health
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, the
government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled
since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its
highest level ever. Since 2007, through the Women's Program of Status
of Women Canada, more than $44 million in funding has been approved for
projects that promote women's economic security.
In addition to the funding from Status of Women Canada, White Buffalo
Aboriginal and Métis Health Society is also receiving over $47,000 from
the Skills Link program of Human Resource and Skills Development Canada
to help Aboriginal youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link
is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
Participants in this project will attend workshops on such topics as
conflict resolution and effective communication, to prepare them to
enter the workforce. Participants will also gain hands-on experience
through job placements with local employers.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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