CALGARY, April 12, 2010 - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Calgary Southeast), today announced funding for the Métis Calgary Family Services Society.
This funding will help support the Society's Aboriginal Students Program, a year-round stay-in-school initiative for urban Aboriginal youth aged 15 to 18. The Program involves weekly workshops, recreational activities, tutoring, one-on-one counselling, and cultural activities that include traditional teachings by elders. In the summer, the Program will also offer young people the chance to participate in a media literacy project in which they will create a public service announcement.
"Our Government is committed to providing Aboriginal youth with the skills and tools they need to help them achieve their goals," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support an organization that helps today's urban Aboriginal adolescents succeed in school and in life."
"By ensuring that our young people are engaged and motivated to excel in school, we are ensuring their long-term success and giving them hope for a positive future," said Minister Kenney. "I am proud that our Government is supporting the Métis Calgary Family Services Society in instilling confidence, pride, and strength in our youth."
"Métis Calgary Family Services, through its Aboriginal Students Program, has been fortunate to witness first hand the unlocked potential of an entire generation of urban Aboriginal youth," said Mark Laycock, C.E.O. Programs, Métis Calgary Family Services Society. "This contribution from the Government of Canada will allow the aspirations of these young people to grow, flourish, and contribute to our popular culture."
The Métis Calgary Family Services Society, established in 1991, is a non-profit Aboriginal organization. It provides culturally appropriate services to urban Aboriginal families and children by providing free programs and services that address the needs of the urban Aboriginal population of Calgary and surrounding area. The Society also encourages educational completion and attainment, increases participation in a wide variety of health, cultural, and recreational activities, and increases participation in community life as a positive alternative for youth.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $167,800 through the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth initiative (formerly known as the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides 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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