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Winnipeg’s Aboriginal youth will benefit from more than $640,000 in funding through the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement (WPA). This investment will support 11 projects that focus on helping Aboriginal youth to succeed through education, employment training, career development, leadership, and skills training.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification; and His Worship Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg, and Flor Marcelino, MLA for Wellington on behalf of the Honourable Steve Ashton, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs at a special ceremony at the Eagle’s Nest Aboriginal Youth Resource Centre, one of the organizations receiving the funding.
Our Government is taking steps to ensure that Aboriginal youth have the tools they need to succeed. This includes education, employment training, and career development,” said Minister Toews. “
We recognize the importance of fostering skills development to ensure that Aboriginal Canadians fully share in economic opportunities.”
By investing in a comprehensive Aboriginal Youth Strategy, we are showing our commitment to seizing the asset that is the Aboriginal community and providing our young people with opportunity and positive alternatives,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “
These programs will help our youth develop skills, gain valuable work experience, and provide them with the tools necessary to find long term success.”
These projects are great examples of many innovative projects funded through the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement under the Aboriginal Participation component,” said MLA Marcelino. “
The component promotes economic development, training and employment or health and wellness opportunities for Winnipeg’s Aboriginal citizens.”
Aboriginal people face unique challenges to participate fully in and benefit from economic opportunities. The projects funded today demonstrate the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement’s support for Winnipeg’s Aboriginal residents and offer Aboriginal organizations a means to participate fully through greater economic opportunities for Aboriginal individuals and communities.
Eagles Nest, emanating from the Task Force on Youth Protection, promises to be a very important initiative for our young people. It will provide programs in traditional culture, self-concept, computer skills, and most important, the employability skills so important in today's society," said Ron Evans, Grand Chief, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
The funds announced today come from Component I – Aboriginal Participation, of the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement. This program recognizes and builds upon economic development, training and employment or health and wellness opportunities for Winnipeg’s Aboriginal citizens. Since 2004, the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement has invested an estimated $15 million in Aboriginal Participation projects representing 117 projects.
The Winnipeg Partnership Agreement was signed in May 2004 by the three levels of government and funded with $75 million based on equal contributions of $25 million from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg.
The WPA has provided support to more than 220 projects that have strengthened the fabric of Winnipeg’s communities by identifying the means to increase community capacity, renew the downtown core and older residential neighbourhoods, improve opportunities for urban Aboriginal peoples, and encourage sustainable economic development through innovation and technology. WPA funding has levered an estimated $60 million in other investments.
For more information, contact:
A/Regional Manager, Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Communications Services Manitoba
City of Winnipeg
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