16th Annual FNNRYEP Closing CeremoniesAugust 2015
Outland Camps has been delivering the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program for 16 summers since its inception in 2000. Over the years 375 youth hailing from 50 northern Ontario First Nations Communities have been employed by Outland in this unique work experience/training/life skill building opportunity. Outland works closely with the Ontario Government through MNR, MNDM, MAA and Ontario Parks along with First Nations, Education and Industry/Commercial partners in order to make it all happen each year.
Three Youth Graduates pose at the closing ceremonies
The 16th annual FNNRYEP Closing Ceremonies took place at Quetico Provincial Park on Thursday, August 20th. Ceremony Host First Nation was FNNRYEP operations partner community: Lac La Croix First Nation. LLCFN provided both community drums and Local drum group, Painted Rock, led the ceremony. Chief Norman Jordan brought greetings from LLCFN.
A snapshot of Painted Rock closing ceremony
The Ontario Minister of Natural Resources/Forestry, the Honourable Bill Mauro, was in attendance for the second year in a row. His comments highlighted the tangible positive impact FNNRYEP is having on First Nations youth participants and reinforced how the FNNRYEP program lines up with the Ontario Government’s commitment to investing in effective programming that is building a better future for Ontario’s Aboriginal youth.
The Ontario Minister of Natural Resources/Forestry, Honourable Bill Mauro poses with a 2015 graduate
Outland Camps Director/Manager Dave Bradley poses with a drum gifted to Honourable Bill Mauro from the youth and staff
In conjunction with the Closing Ceremonies, the Ontario Government published the following media release: