Halifax Rallies for Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth
Campaign to reverse cuts to Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre’s Kitpu Youth Program ramps up
JULY 16, 2012
by NATASCIA LYPNY
K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX)—The shutting down of the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre’s Kitpu Youth Program, and subsequent campaign to reinstate it, was the catalyst for a national day of action last Thursday against the federal government’s decision to freeze funds for Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth programs across the country.
The Halifax contingent held a rally in Grand Parade Square, which opened with a Mi’kmaq honour song and drumming. Indigenous elder Billy Lewis said a few words, followed by Kitpu Youth Program coordinator Glen Knockwood. Local MP Megan Leslie was also present, providing her take on the federal government’s decision.
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