Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program receives wide acclaim and support

March 3, 2015

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AYEP students with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

Harry Hall (Bruce Power), Hayley Carter, Chief Vernon Roote, Savanna House, Destiny Root and
Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

Saugeen First Nation Chief Vernon Roote spoke at the recent event held at Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) in Port Elgin about the First Nation culture and that it should be " ... present today and not relegated to the past."

Roote was speaking at the 'Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative' and 'Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program' ceremony held at SDSS on February 25th.


"I hope that our youth take advantage of this program [AYEP]," he said, "and I am here to support it.



Chief Roote also talked about the book that he authored, M'daa Kendaaswin - To Look for Knowledge and the lessons and First Nations teachings that he hoped could be learned from it.

SDSS student Taylor Cameron presented one of his own original artworks to the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

Dancers Miss Saugeen Aspen Chapman & Hailey Johnson

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SON Women drummers

Saugeen First Nation Jingle & Fancy Dress dancers

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