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Restore Funding for Katimavik

WHEREAS Katimavik (“gathering together” or “meeting place” in Inuktitut) was established by the Trudeau Government in 1977 as a national program providing young Canadians (age 17-21) with educational and volunteer opportunities in communities across Canada;

WHEREAS since 1977 more than 35,000 young Canadians have participated in the program in more than 2,000 communities across Canada;

WHEREAS Katimavik provides young Canadians with an invaluable opportunity to live and perform service in Canadian communities, gain volunteer and employment experience, improve their second language skills, broaden their social and cultural horizons and learn environmental stewardship;

WHEREAS Katimavik has committed to make active reconciliation an integral part of its programming;

WHEREAS Katimavik generates $2.20 for every dollar spent;

WHEREAS in 2011, Katimavik participants logged 572,392 hours of volunteer time;

WHEREAS in 2011-2012, the Government of Canada, through Canadian Heritage, contributed $16 million to the Katimavik program;

WHEREAS in 2012, Canadian Heritage released a report, which included consultation with key stakeholders and others, favourable of the Katimavik program;

WHEREAS in 2012 federal budget cuts to the program effectively eliminated the program’s national focus, reducing it to regionally-based volunteer opportunities;

WHEREAS Katimavik is at risk of closing its doors if federal support is not received;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to restore nationally-focused funding for the Katimavik program to enable it to provide volunteer opportunities for young Canadians in communities across Canada.

VANCOUVER GRANVILLE

Contact: Nolan Hurlburt

nolanrh@gmail.com

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