News Release - May 7, 1999
ROMANOW AND WIENS HELP LAUNCH NATIONAL CHILDREN'S AGENDA
Premier Roy Romanow and Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Minister Berny Wiens joined children from King George Community
School, key partners, National Aboriginal Leaders, and federal and
provincial ministers from across Canada in Saskatoon today to launch
the National Children's Agenda.
"Today's announcement is about children, their families, and their
communities; about making Canada a place where children can grow up
and realize their full potential," said Romanow. "I am proud of the
role Saskatchewan has played as Co-chair of the Council on Social
Policy Renewal to make this day possible."
We in Saskatchewan are very proud of what we are accomplishing under
our Action Plan for children," said Wiens. "The National Children's
Agenda is a terrific opportunity to build on these accomplishments.
Our experience with the Saskatchewan Action Plan will help inform the
development of the National Children's Agenda."
Minister Wiens emphasized that this launch is the product of many
months of work, and demonstrates a strong commitment by all Ministers
to the well-being of Canadian children. "I want to publicly recognize
the hard work and commitment of the federal Ministers, the other
provincial/territorial Ministers on the Council, and National
Aboriginal Organizations. It has been my privilege to work with them
to make this launch possible," Wiens said.
Grade seven and eight children from King George Community School
were first off the mark in the public dialogue by asking
questions of the federal and provincial ministers.
Minister Wiens and Minister of Social Services Harry Van Mulligen
used the occasion of the launch to outline Saskatchewan's plan
for broad consultations on this initiative. "Through our Action
Plan for Children, we have identified a network of 3,500
community partners - people and organizations who are committed
to ensuring that our children grow up in loving, caring, and
nurturing environments," Wiens said. "I look forward to working
with these people as we go about the task of implementing a
national agenda for Canada's children."
For more information contact:
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Phone: (306) 787-8008