Ashton Appeals to Prime Minister to Save Aboriginal Healing Foundation

OTTAWA - Today, Niki Ashton (NDP MP for Churchill) appealed to the Prime Minister to save the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Ashton made the appeal directly to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

The AHF provides essential programming for Survivors and their families in communities across Canada. "The AHF's work is part of the same vision of healing and reconciliation that was central to the House of Commons' and Canada's national apology to Residential School Survivors. The AHF has provided support and hope to residential school survivors and their families for a decade."

Ashton's plea focused on the fact that the Budget has been silent on the fate of the AHF. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation is set to end at the end of March 2010, a closure that would leave residential school survivors and their families in the cold. "Even the Prime Minister's response didn't provide a clear answer on the future of the AHF. The Government is aware of the need to continue to support survivors and should extend the AHF."

Ashton has spearheaded a campaign to save the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and she is urging all Canadians to call on the Government to save the AHF.