• Our offices receive a visit from the participants in the “Ma première chance” project
Mar 13, 2019

 The “Ma première chance” project is an initiative of the community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam intended to support youths aged 18 to 25 by combating their social exclusion combined with various problems such as quitting school, poverty, the quest for identity, alcohol and drug use, etc. For a period of 24 weeks, the project promotes the self-actualization and personal development of youths through a holistic approach which, based on the values of the community, focuses on the use of cultural activities.

For the duration of the project, the community pays a salary to 20 participants, who take part in various activities that motivate them to get back on the right track, whether by re-integrating the labour market or by returning to school. Accompanied by natural helpers in the community, the participants are encouraged to take action, not just for themselves, but also to get actively involved at the community level. In addition, they have access to different trainings and talks having the objective to motivate and inspire them.

This past February, the participants came to Québec City, where they visited different places and took part in several activities; these included attending a course at Laval University, doing volunteer work at the Centre d’amitié autochtone de Québec, and meeting with Premier Legault during a visit to the National Assembly.

The delegation also visited the offices of the AFNQL and the FNQLHSSC, where they spoke with Regional Chief Ghislain Picard. They also received information about the Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program and about the North American Indigenous Games.

The FNQLHSSC commends this project and extends its best wishes to the participants as they continue ahead in the project.