TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Through a new national charity, Kocihta;
foundations, corporations and Canadians are providing Indigenous youth,
including youth with disabilities/special needs, greater access to
mentors, career opportunities, and help to stay in school and succeed
in the workplace.
The Counselling Foundation of Canada has granted Kocihta $100K to help
support its start-up costs in its first year (2013/14), and launch the
eMentorship pilot in Saskatoon high schools this fall, with the added
support of corporate partners and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.
"We are happy to support the work of Kocihta and its belief that a
career offers the best way for Indigenous youth to achieve their
potential," said Bruce Lawson, Foundation Executive Director.
Additional funding will be raised to support Kocihta's programming under
the watchful guidance of the Kocihta board chair, Charles S. Coffey,
O.C., and board vice-chairs, Anne Noonan and Rob G. Johnston. "We
expect to raise funds from within all economic and philanthropic
sectors of this great and generous nation," said Charles S. Coffey,
retired Executive VP of RBC Royal Bank and long time advocate of
inclusion in Canada. "The least we as Canadians can do, is to support
Indigenous youth / youth with disabilities/special needs, and give them
what they rightfully deserve, and want, and what the majority of us
Canadians have come to expect -- equal opportunity to dream big and
excel within a career-of-choice."
"Indigenous people are our nation's largest under-leveraged asset.
Securing a positive future for Indigenous youth, and preparing Canada's
youngest and fastest growing workforce for employment, will help close
the socio-economic gap in Canada, and strengthen the economic future of
Indigenous Peoples and the nation," said Kelly J. Lendsay, president
and CEO of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council -- a national social
enterprise that created Kocihta to build capacity in the Indigenous
workforce and complement its work to help corporations access skilled
Indigenous workers within inclusive workplaces.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that the average child
poverty rate for all Indigenous children in Canada is 40 per cent,
compared to 15 per cent for non-Indigenous children. Regionally in
Manitoba and Saskatchewan, two out of three First Nations children live
in poverty. "Youth that live in poverty across the nation need help,
and Canadians are in the position to help Indigenous youth break free
of poverty and the cycle of unemployment by giving generously to
Kocihta," said Coffey.
Kocihta will launch at a comedy fundraiser, Stand Up for Indigenous Youth, in Toronto on Wednesday, October 23 with the support of comedians Scott Thompson, Candy Palmater and Don Kelly. Visit aboriginalhr.ca to purchase tickets and learn more about Kocihta. Fundraiser event
sponsors include: Shaw Media, RBC Royal Bank, Syncrude, Goldcorp,
Talisman Energy, ConocoPhillips, Symcor, Centennial College,
SOURCE: Aboriginal Human Resource Council
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