Quebec Renews its Support to the Program Coordinator in Sports and Recreation in Aboriginal Communities

Healthy lifestyle

Quebec, March 26, 2010 – The Quebec government announced the renewal of the funding program for hiring and monitoring coordinators in sports and recreation, and community involvement and citizenship. The Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, the Secretariat for Youth and the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport together contribute up to $ 1 465 350, a sum over a period of three years from today to ensure the continuity of this program in two Aboriginal communities in Quebec.”For two years, 5 000 Aboriginal children and youth living in deprived areas have benefited from this government initiative. Before such a result, Quebec is pleased to continue this process, “said Jean Charest, Premier, responsible for Youth Issues. On March 27, 2009, at the launch of the Youth Action Strategy, the Prime Minister had also renewed its commitment to fund the program.

This program allows the hiring of fifteen local coordinators and a national coordinator whose mission is to engage Aboriginal youth develop healthy lifestyles, participation in sport and to address constructively. Their mandate is to plan a sustained program of activities tailored to the needs of these youth.

“The promotion of good nutrition and regular physical activity among youth is a priority of our government. I am convinced that the lifestyle they adopt now will have a major impact on the future of the community, “said Minister Michelle Courchesne.

For his part, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs is satisfied beneficial program for Aboriginal youth. “The communities themselves recognize the quality of our work. The implementation of this program has fostered a close contact with members of participating communities, which allowed us to better identify their needs and develop programs with them well suited. Our links This reinforces, “he said.

Recall that it is the Socio-Economic Forum held in First Nations Mashteuiatsh in 2006 had been announced the government financial assistance for the creation of this recruitment program. In addition, government and communities have the expertise developed by Quebec en Forme through a partnership with this organization.

List of beneficiary communities:

Winneway La Romaine
Pakuashipi Manawan
Wemotaci Kawawachikamach

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Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat
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