SASKATOON, SK, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the
following statement today on the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 4th National Youth Summit:
"I am pleased to have joined with First Nations youth and leadership
from across the country at the AFN 4th National Youth Summit to meet, talk and listen to our future community
I strongly believe in Canada's youth, both Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal, and I believe it is important to equip them with the
necessary tools they need to take our country's future in their hands
and carry it successfully into the future. Our Government is committed
to working with First Nation youth and leadership to advance the shared
priorities discussed at this Summit, including First Nation education,
employment and skills training.
The Government's goal of providing First Nation students with quality
education will strengthen First Nations and will afford First Nations
the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market
and to participate more fully in Canada's economy. Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is investing $241 million to connect First Nation youth
between the ages of 18 and 24 with skills training and jobs. These
investments will help to provide personalized supports to First Nation
youth in receipt of income assistance for skills training that will
help them find and keep a job.
This National Youth Summit provides an invaluable forum for First Nation
youth to network and discuss the issues that matter to them, while also
working with leadership on solutions to the challenges facing young
people. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like commend the
Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, the Montreal Lake
Cree Nation and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations for their
initiative and thank all of those who participated in this important
gathering. I see tremendous value in these opportunities to bring young
leaders together, to listen and learn from their ideas, and better
understand and appreciate their vision for the future."
This statement also is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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