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September 2010 Volume 2


Canadian students to learn life changing lessons with RCMP’s Aboriginal Shield Program

http://www.mysteinbach.ca/newsblog/rcmp/6205.html
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Canada: The RCMP has rolled out its Aboriginal Shield Program in ten Aboriginal communities. It is designed to help Aboriginal youth make informed choices about drugs, alcohol and other high-risk lifestyles. The Program is available to students in grades 5 - 8 in the following communities: 

1) Arviat, Nunavut
2) Igloolik, Nunavut
3) Agassiz, British Columbia
4) Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, Alberta
5) La Ronge, Saskatchewan
6) Saint Laurent, Manitoba
7) Nain, Newfoundland/Labrador
8) Burnt Church, New Brunswick
9) Waswanipi Cree Community, Quebec
10) Walpole Island, Ontario

Aboriginal Shield also includes lessons on  social challenges like Aboriginal gangs that are recruiting children at  shockingly young ages.

“The Program has been revamped with the purpose of better connecting with the predominant Aboriginal cultures  found in Canada; the Métis, the Inuit and the First Nations," said  Inspector Dan Quirion. "The RCMP plays an important role in these communities, and we want to build on that even further by helping youth to stay on the right track during this very pivotal stage in their lives.”

Aboriginal Shield Program: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ns/prog_services/community_policing-police_communautaire/drug_awareness-sensibilisation_drogues/shield-eng.htm

 


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