Chiefs of Ontario to Meet with Princess Anne

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Assembly of First Nations

Assembly of First NationsOTTAWA – Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy and Ogichidaa Grand Chief Warren White, Grand Council Treaty #3 and Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Nation along with youth from Treaty 3 will meet Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at an event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa today.

“I am proud that these young people from the Treaty #3 have come down to Ottawa to meet her Royal Highness to discuss with her their priorities and present her with a gift,” Regional Chief Beardy said. “Her Royal Highness will meet this group of youth who will speak to the importance of applying culturally appropriate health and social services to address issues of Aboriginal youth suicide. This is a very critical topic to the leadership in our communities and particularly our youth.”

The event is part of ‘Save the Children Canada’ where youth from Treaty #3 participate in its Youth Peer Helper Programme. The program in Canada is a member of the much larger Save the Children International, a network of 29 member organizations raising funds and operating programs domestically and internationally that focus on the issues of health and nutrition, education, HIV and AIDS, child protection, livelihoods and food security, emergency relief and child rights governance.

Grand Chief White will present youth leader Gillian Prouty to Her Royal Highness who will invite Her Royal Highness to join other participants who will explain the Youth Peer Helper Programme that share and demonstrate best practices of peer helpers.

The youth will also provide an interactive teaching demonstration for Her Royal Highness, highlighting the Anishinaabe 7 Sacred Teachings and explain the linkage to the Peer Helper Programme.

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