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Hooking Up Urban Aboriginal Youth Forum

by NationTalk on March 3, 2009987 Views

March 3, 2009

(Ottawa, ON) – The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition (OAC) through the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) is excited to present a Youth Engagement Forum, targeting First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth, aged 16 to 25 years, who live in the National Capital Region (NCR). According to the Urban Aboriginal Task Force, Ottawa Final Report, March 2007, “…community survey and key informant interviews revealed the following challenges for urban Aboriginal youth in Ottawa: lack of employment and recreational opportunities; lack of opportunities for the
youth to learn their language and culture and the corresponding and gradual loss of their culture; and, the lack of Aboriginal cultural content and cultural sensitivity in the mainstream schools.”

The purpose of the Forum is to bring urban Aboriginal youth together to discuss: what it feels like to be an Aboriginal youth in Ottawa; challenges and barriers they face on a day-to-day basis; what needs to change to make Ottawa a better place for Aboriginal youth; and, what activities do the youth want to see in the future. The OAC anticipates that the youth will identify issues, priorities and solutions that will drive future OAC youth activities.

What: HOOKING UP – Urban Aboriginal Youth Forum
When: Saturday, March 7, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 12 Stirling Avenue, Ottawa, ON

The OAC was formed in 2001 as a means of presenting a unified voice on behalf of the Aboriginal community. The Coalition is an alliance of Aboriginal delivery organizations that provide front-line programs and services to Aboriginal people living in the NCR. The UAS, a national initiative funded by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, is designed to reduce the level of disparity between urban Aboriginal people and other Canadians by better tailoring government programs to local needs and priorities.

For more information on the Youth Forum, please contact Tylee Maracle.
Phone: 613.748.0657, ext. 308 E-mail: tmaracle @ wabano.com (no spaces)

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