REGINA, July 13, 2009 - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament (Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre), today announced funding for the Street Worker's Advocacy Project Regina (SWAP), for its "Youth in Transition" project.
"Youth in Transition" aims to increase the skills and abilities of Aboriginal young people involved in street life and to improve their well-being. By providing ongoing support and services such as crisis intervention, outreach, and counselling, this project builds relationships of trust and respect and provides a positive alternative to street life.
"Our Government is proud to support the efforts of SWAP to reach Aboriginal young people facing challenges," said Minister Moore. "This project provides a safe and nurturing environment that provides Aboriginal youth with the opportunity to reach their full potential."
"Through programs such as SWAP, Aboriginal young people on the street are given support for the daily living problems they continue to experience," said Mr. Lukiwski. "By providing ongoing support and a variety of services and positive alternatives to street life, young people in Regina have a better chance of exiting the street lifestyle."
"SWAP greatly appreciates the funding support provided by the Government of Canada," said Barb Lawrence, Executive Director of SWAP. "This funding will allow us to continue providing critical programs and services to marginalized Aboriginal street-involved youth. Leaving the street is a difficult journey for these young people. However, together we can make a difference."
For more than 15 years, SWAP's mission has been to create a healthy and safe environment, provide support services, and work with individuals and families who are or have been affected by street prostitution. This in turn leads participants towards healthier lifestyles and healing.
The Government of Canada has provided $100 000 through the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre component of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage supports community and culturally-based projects for urban Aboriginal young people to improve their social, economic, and personal prospects and to strengthen their cultural identity.
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
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