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16th Annual FNNRYEP Closing Ceremonies

August 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.  

Youth Graduates 2015 Closing Ceremonies

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.

Painted Rock Opening Closing Ceremony With Bill Mauro Looking On

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.

Bill Mauro And Graduate 2015 Closing Ceremonies

The Ontario Minister of Natural Resources/Forestry, Honourable Bill Mauro poses with a 2015 graduate

FNNRYEP Closing 2015 Dave Bradley Honourable Bill Mauro With Drum Gift To Bill From Youth And Staff

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:

http://www.news.ontario.ca/mnr/en/2015/08/ontario-helping-to-create-jobs-for-aboriginal-youth.html

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