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Aboriginal project at Capilano University receives federal funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)–Capilano University will receive $458,157 over three years for its Inter-Act project through the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills. This project will provide a model for Aboriginal health organizations to integrate specific skills training into their existing health programming, benefiting Aboriginal learners as well as their families. The project will also strengthen partnerships between Aboriginal health organizations and educational institutions in addressing health literacy issues.

“This funding will make it possible for us to support First Nation communities in their efforts to achieve health and wellness,” said. David Kirk, Capilano University’s First Nation’s Advisor. “We will work together with Lil’Wat Health Centre (Mount Currie), Sechelt Indian Band, So-Sah-Lath Health and Family Centre (Squamish Nation), and Tla’amin Community Health Services (Powell River) to build a shared understanding of the relationship between wellness and literacy and to embed literacy in day to day family and community wellness activities.”

Aboriginal people in Southern British Columbia will benefit from this federally-funded project aimed at improving their literacy and essential skills.

“Our government is proud of its partnerships with educational institutions to provide Canadians with the skills they need to get jobs and build better futures,” said. Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary secretary to the president of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, who made the announcement January 12 on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “In today’s economic environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate in the job market.”

The Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills works with partners, including provincial and territorial governments, employers and community organizations to provide Canadians with the tools and supports they need to maximize opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities. 

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