OTTAWA, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for
the Canadian Red Cross for the continuation of its Stand Up to Bullying
and Discrimination in Canadian Communities project. Minister Moore was
joined by Mrs. Laureen Harper and Kanata South City of Ottawa
Councillor Allan Hubley.
"Bullying is a serious concern for many youth and their families, and we
think it's important to invest in a project that focusses on preventing
it," said Minister Moore. "This will be a great opportunity for young
people to become leaders in their schools, organizations and
communities, and to play a meaningful role in ensuring safer
environments for themselves and their peers."
With this investment, more than 50,000 youth from across Canada will
help prevent bullying. The first part of the project involves training
2,400 facilitators, aged 13 to 17, to deliver prevention workshops and
other activities. They will each commit to reaching at least 20 other
youth in their communities. In the second part, three youth-led forums
in the Atlantic region, Ontario, and British Columbia will empower 150
Canadian youth to take action against bullying and discrimination in
their communities. Project participants will also be invited to learn
about the success stories of other young people through the Canadian
Red Cross bilingual Web portal.
"The Red Cross has been working for many years in Canada to engage youth
and harness their leadership to prevent bullying and harassment," said
Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross.
"This project leverages the collective strength, skills and abilities
of our youth to broaden the reach of our message about bullying
prevention and discrimination."
"I'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely commend the Harper
Government, Minister Moore, and the Canadian Red Cross for supporting
and implementing such an important and timely project," said Councillor
Hubley. "Today's announcement answers our prayers and wishes to enable
more people to receive this helping hand quickly."
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $250,000 through the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of
activities designed to strengthen their attachment to Canada through
active engagement in their communities.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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