OTTAWA, November 17, 2009 - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced a six-year extension to the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres initiative, now renamed Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth.
Today's announcement ensures the stability this program will need to provide continued support to communities until 2016.
"I am very pleased to announce this extension," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is committed to providing Aboriginal young people with culturally focused programming that helps tomorrow's leaders build strong communities and families."
The newly renamed Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth has a proven track record. Since its creation, about 220 projects per year have been designed and implemented with support from Aboriginal youth advisory committees, ensuring that they are relevant and meaningful to participants.
This $150-million investment will provide Aboriginal young people aged 10 to 24, living in urban settings across Canada, with programming that incorporates Aboriginal values, cultures, and traditional practices in projects and activities designed to improve their social, economic, and personal prospects and to strengthen their cultural identity.
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