NEW DEMOCRATS CALL ON MINISTER FINLEY TO REVERSE THE CUTS TO WAPIKONI MOBILE

MONTREAL – The NDP is calling on the Minister for Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley, to immediately reconsider the $490,000 cut to Wapikoni Mobile.

Over the past seven years, this non-profit organization has included the participation of over 2,000 aboriginal youth in 19 communities in Quebec and has helped them to produce over 600 films and musical productions. These productions have been seen all over the world and the producers have been awarded 40 national and international awards for their work.

“Minister Finley must review her decision to cut funding to this project that has made significant contributions to many communities across Quebec,” said, New Democrat Skills Development Critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga). “We hope the Minister realizes the importance of this program for aboriginal youth and reestablishes the funding.

The decision to withdraw funding makes no sense given how highly successful this program has been. “It is deplorable to see the Minister cut funding to a program known and respected in aboriginal communities,” said New Democrat deputy Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan). “The government should be encouraging the development of projects like Wapikoni, not cutting them.”

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