Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 08:33:40 -0600 (CST)
Head Start to help your aboriginals
Victoria Times Colonist, 19 October 1998, page A5
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Ottawa - a multi-million dollar program to help lift aboriginal children out of poverty on reserves is scheduled to be announced today by the federal government. The program, called Aboriginal Head Start, was promised by Liberals in the 1997 federal elrecommendation in the massive report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
The cost of the initiative, designed to give young children a healthy start in life, was pegged in the Liberal red book of election promises at $25 million a year when fully implemented. The program will expand on an existing program for aboriginal children who live in urban areas that costs about $22.5 million a year. The off-reserve program began in 1994. It was created to fight an aboriginal poverty rate of over 50 per cent.
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