WINNIPEG, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Aboriginal youth in Winnipeg will learn
more about their culture and their traditions, thanks to support from
the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable
Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for
Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support Ka Ni Kanichihk's Our Youth Coming Home project,
which aims to help Aboriginal youth gain and share in-depth cultural
knowledge and skills. Activities include cultural teachings, life
skills training, group mentorship, and participation in community
events. The project promotes the engagement of Aboriginal youth in the
community and allows them to build on their strengths in a safe and
culturally relevant environment.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
organizations that ensure Aboriginal youth have access to culturally
focused activities," said Minister Moore. "By investing in this
project, we are helping to provide young people with opportunities to
learn more about their traditional practices and values and to make
positive life choices."
"As a result of this investment, Aboriginal youth in Winnipeg have
access to cultural learning activities and ceremonies that can help
them reconnect with their heritage," said Minister Toews. "This
strengthens their cultural identity, surrounds them with positive
influences, and provides them with the tools necessary to become future
leaders for their communities."
"Our Youth Coming Home was developed by Ka Ni Kanichihk's Aboriginal
Youth Council, which is composed of youth who are role models in their
communities," said Leslie Spillett, Executive Director of Ka Ni
Kanichihk. "Ka Ni Kanichihk is pleased to have this opportunity to
provide culturally based activities that strengthen cultural identity
and leadership skills and support Aboriginal youth to develop those
essential life skills that will prepare them to embrace citizenship."
Ka Ni Kanichihk, founded in 2001, is a community-based organization
whose mandate is to serve the urban Aboriginal community by providing
programs and services that focus on wholeness and wellness and that
build on the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal peoples.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $249,663 through the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth 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.)
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