Harper Government Invests in Aboriginal Culture in Orillia
Orillia, Ontario, April 4, 2013 – Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament (Simcoe North), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for an Orillia organization that offers valuable life skills training and traditional cultural teachings to local Aboriginal women and their families.
The Orillia Native Women’s Group is a charitable organization that encourages the empowerment of Aboriginal women and their families. Funding announced today supports the rebuilding of the cultural awareness of local Aboriginal women to help them re-establish their independence and improve their self-esteem and economic conditions. With this investment, the Group is providing the community with training and cultural teachings in a variety of subjects, including traditional Aboriginal parenting, alternative family care, literacy and financial literacy, safe food handling and CPR.
“I am proud of our Government’s support for Aboriginal women and their families in Orillia,” said Mr. Stanton. “This investment by the Government of Canada will strengthen cultural traditions, develop meaningful life skills and lead to long-term economic and social independence in the community.”
“Our Government is pleased to support the Orillia Native Women’s Group in preserving and developing Aboriginal culture and languages in the area,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting organizations such as this one, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our communities and support Aboriginal women and their families.”
“The funding received from the Government of Canada makes a huge difference in our community,” said Suzy Kies, President of the Orillia Native Women’s Group. “It not only allows us to have continuity of cultural activities, which in return creates a stronger community, but it also empowers the members of our community to be not only financially independent but also confident to create opportunities, by starting their own businesses and creating jobs, rather than wait for opportunities.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $23,500 in 2012–2013 through the Aboriginal Women’s Programming Elements of the Aboriginal People’s Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Aboriginal People’s Program supports community projects that incorporate Aboriginal values, cultures and traditional practices into community-driven activities designed to strengthen cultural identity and enable positive life choices. It includes a component to address issues affecting Aboriginal women and their families and strengthen their cultural identity and traditions.
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