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Life-skills program for aboriginal youth announced for Manitoba

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A $250,000 partnership that will let aboriginal youth from two Manitoba First Nation communities learn life skills was announced today.

The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, which already exists in Ontario, will now also be in place at the Fisher River Cree Nation and Pine Creek First Nation communities.

The program was created by Right to Play, and promotes active lifestyles in Aboriginal Youth through sport and recreation, according to a news release.

The Manitoba program is a partnership between the provincial government, the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation and Right To Play.

Mark Chipman, executive chairman of the True North board, said he hopes the program will expand in Manitoba.

"(It's) still in its infancy, and we're only scratching the surface here," he said.

The program is already operating and is mostly adding to the two communities' existing programs, Angie Cochrane, who oversees the Fisher River program, said.

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