TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Through a new national charity, Kocihta;
foundations, corporations and Canadians are providing Indigenous youth,
including youth with disabilities/special needs, greater access to mentors,
career opportunities, and help to stay in school and succeed in the workplace.
The Counselling Foundation of Canada has granted Kocihta $100K to help support
its start-up costs in its first year (2013/14), and launch the eMentorship
pilot in Saskatoon high schools this fall, with the added support of corporate
partners and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. "We are happy to support the
work of Kocihta and its belief that a career offers the best way for
Indigenous youth to achieve their potential," said Bruce Lawson, Foundation
Additional funding will be raised to support Kocihta's programming under the
watchful guidance of the Kocihta board chair, Charles S. Coffey, O.C., and
board vice-chairs, Anne Noonan and Rob G. Johnston. "We expect to raise funds
from within all economic and philanthropic sectors of this great and generous
nation," said Charles S. Coffey, retired Executive VP of RBC Royal Bank and
long time advocate of inclusion in Canada. "The least we as Canadians can do,
is to support Indigenous youth / youth with disabilities/special needs, and
give them what they rightfully deserve, and want, and what the majority of us
Canadians have come to expect -- equal opportunity to dream big and excel
within a career-of-choice."
"Indigenous people are our nation's largest under-leveraged asset. Securing a
positive future for Indigenous youth, and preparing Canada's youngest and
fastest growing workforce for employment, will help close the socio-economic
gap in Canada, and strengthen the economic future of Indigenous Peoples and
the nation," said Kelly J. Lendsay, president and CEO of the Aboriginal Human
Resource Council -- a national social enterprise that created Kocihta to build
capacity in the Indigenous workforce and complement its work to help
corporations access skilled Indigenous workers within inclusive workplaces.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that the average child
poverty rate for all Indigenous children in Canada is 40 per cent, compared to
15 per cent for non-Indigenous children. Regionally in Manitoba and
Saskatchewan, two out of three First Nations children live in poverty. "Youth
that live in poverty across the nation need help, and Canadians are in the
position to help Indigenous youth break free of poverty and the cycle of
unemployment by giving generously to Kocihta," said Coffey.
Kocihta will launch at a comedy fundraiser, Stand Up for Indigenous Youth, in
Toronto on Wednesday, October 23 with the support of comedians Scott Thompson,
Candy Palmater and Don Kelly. Visit aboriginalhr.ca to purchase tickets and
learn more about Kocihta. Fundraiser event sponsors include: Shaw Media, RBC
Royal Bank, Syncrude, Goldcorp, Talisman Energy, ConocoPhillips, Symcor,
Centennial College, NationTalk.
SOURCE Aboriginal Human Resource Council
Contact: Peggy Berndt National Director, Communications & Charitable
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