Tiny Township youth organization among 43 recipients of 2020 Youth Opportunities Fund

Aaoodsokawin Aki to receive $255,000 over 36 months

Queen’s Park is committing over $13 million to community-driven youth-centric projects across the country.

Premier Doug Ford announced the recipients of the 2020 Youth Opportunities Fund at his daily COVID-19 update, with 43 community organizations that benefit youth aged 12 to 25.

Among this year’s recipients is Aaoodsokawin Aki in Tiny Township. The organization is to receive $255,000 over 36 months out of the Youth Opportunities Fund, with funds to go towards strengthening indigenous youth’s connection with their identity and culture. A series of workshops, summer camps, and mentorships are expected to be financed with these provincial dollars and are expected to generate a youth-led cultural revitalization that would provide indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people living in Simcoe County, as well as Beausoleil First Nation, Moraviantown, and Aamjiwnaang.

This represents the only recipient within Simcoe County. Many others are in Toronto and Ottawa.

“It is our responsibility as government to support our young people and help them find a path to lifelong success,” said Premier Ford. “This funding will enable youth across the province to develop the skills they need to be better engaged in school, empower girls and young women to lead, address racism and discrimination, and give young people access to the programs that will help them become the next generation of leaders and community builders.”

The funding comes by way of the Ontario Trillium Fund, one of Canada’s leading granting foundations that supports over 3,000 Canadian organizations each year.