Up to 2,000 Aboriginal youth, presenters and guests expected to attend
four-day conference to share knowledge and explore career and education
VANCOUVER, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development Bernard Valcourt participated in today's opening
ceremonies for the "Gathering Our Voices" Aboriginal Youth Conference
Thousands of Aboriginal youth will gather at this March 18 to 21
conference to share knowledge, network and plan for their futures.
Special workshops and presentations will be held over the four day
conference as well as cultural, sporting and recreational events.
With more than 400,000 Aboriginal youth projected to be ready to enter
the labour market over the next 15 years, helping Aboriginal youth to
succeed in school and graduate is critical to helping them reach their
full potential and increasing their participation in Canada's economy.
The conference is hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (BCAAFC - PAYC)
and is being held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and Fairmont Vancouver
Canada has provided $173,901 in support of this event.
Conference participants will be discussing their career and education
"Our Government is committed to helping Aboriginal youth make their mark
on the future of our country by helping them get the education and
skills they need to succeed. We are proud to support in Gathering our
Voices, an event that helps young Aboriginal people get experiences and
explore career and education possibilities."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"The BCAAFC is proud of the working relationship between AANDC and the
Friendship Centre Movement. The fact that Minister Valcourt is here and
supporting Aboriginal youth is evidence that we are moving forward
together in a good way."
President of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Minister Valcourt talks First Nations Control of First Nations Education
and Investing in First Nations Youth at the Thunder Bay Chamber of
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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