Youth Call out to Harper. Watch and Share the Video. Tell the PM to bring back CCAY.

For Immediate Release

 July 27, 2012

"Ashton Supports Call to Save Youth Programming"

Thompson - Young Manitobans are calling on Prime Minister Harper to reinstate Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY), a key youth program run through Friendship Centres across Canada.  They relay their message through a youtube video, called "Youth Call Out to Harper: Save CCAY".

Niki Ashton, MP (Churchill) expressed her support for the call made by young people in northern Manitoba and across the province. "This programming was key for young Aboriginal people living in urban centres. It gave them a place to go, healthy alternatives and a positive outlook."

Funding for CCAY was abruptly cut in June, 2012, forcing Friendship Centres to turn young people away, close youth centres, stop programming, and lay youth workers off.

"In this video, young people send a clear message as to why this funding is critical," said Ashton.  "Take it from the young people themselves, if the Prime Minister believes investing in youth is key - the Government should bring back CCAY".

Watch and share the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9dsvpf80Xc&list=UUGYbcfN6MvcoBtxLu3iRn2g&index=1&feature=plcp

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For more information, please contact:

Danielle Adams Constituency Assistant

204-677-1333