TORONTO, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - National Aboriginal Day is a great time
to celebrate our Indigenous Peoples, and a new charity, Kocihta, which
will empower Indigenous people to overcome challenges to reach their
dreams and career potential.
The Kocihta Charity will officially launch on October 23, 2013 at a
fundraising evening being held in Toronto at the Daniels Spectrum
Centre - a social enterprise facility serving the multi-cultural
community of Regent Park.
"Indigenous people are our nation's largest underleveraged asset. A
career offers the best way for Indigenous people to achieve their
potential, renewed hope, and self-sufficiency", said Kelly J. Lendsay,
President and CEO of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council -- a 15-year
old national social enterprise. "We have initiated the formation of
the Kocihta Charity to build capacity within the First
Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in order to increase economic
strength within the Indigenous community, within corporations, and
within Canada", said Lendsay.
Children who grow up in poverty give up hope by age 5. According to a
new census report, 50 per cent of First Nations people in Canada live
in poverty - triple that of the national average. The situation is also
grim within the Inuit and Métis communities -- adversity and barriers
are their daily reality.
Kocihta, named after a Cree word meaning 'to reach one another', 'to
reach someone', 'to reach something', will reach out to foundations,
corporate Canada and philanthropists for support to deliver programs
and services that help Indigenous people to acquire the skills and
training needed to become exemplary members of Canada's workforce.
Kocihta is the only national charitable organization in Canada with an
exclusive focus on Indigenous human resource development.
To learn more about Kocihta and how you can support the cause through
donations, or the purchase of tickets/corporate sponsorship to the
October charity event, visit aboriginalhr.ca or download the Kocihta Charity brochure.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Human Resource Council
For further information:
Media Contact, Aboriginal Human Resource Council | Kocihta
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