The Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) and former Prime Minister of Canada, visited Saugeen District Secondary School today to speak with students enrolled in the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP).

The future of our land doesn’t just depend on the resources that lie in the ground, it depends on the talent of those who walk upon it,

said The Right Honourable Paul Martin.

AYEP is about opportunity; the opportunity that we must ensure is there for every student who crosses Saugeen District Secondary School’s threshold.

Bruce Power and Bluewater District School Board share that vision, which is why they teamed up with the MAEI to offer the program for local Aboriginal youth. Twelve students are currently enrolled in the program at SDSS, which began in September. The AYEP uses hands-on activities to improve students’ proficiency in business mathematics, financial literacy, accounting, marketing, information/communications technology and social responsibility, while supporting the acquisition of leadership skills.

This program is designed to give students the tools to go out and be successful, while also being about hopes and dreams,

said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

It’s our sincere hope these students dream big and then make those dreams come true.

Bruce Power has provided $41,000 in keeping with its goal of working to build strong, long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities and supporting educational opportunities for young people.

Bluewater District School Board is pleased to work in partnership with Bruce Power and to have the opportunity to pilot the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative program at Saugeen District Secondary School for our First Nation and Métis students,

said Steve Blake, Director of Education.

“This is a unique program that teaches Aboriginal youth how to launch a business whereby they can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in school and beyond.”

For more information on the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative visit www.maei-ieam.ca.

About Bluewater District School Board

Bluewater District School Board serves Bruce and Grey Counties with 42 elementary and 11 secondary schools. French Immersion is offered in 13 schools. Two schools offer Ojibway as a second language and there are 44 Native Studies courses available for secondary students. Unique programming opportunities abound at the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre with its full roster of high quality, curriculum-driven environmental education experiences for approximately 2,000 students each year. Students and staff continue to be recognized at the provincial and national levels in the arts, science, history, athletics, language, the environment and the skilled trades. Bluewater District School Board is committed to its vision, “Preparing Our Students Today for the World of Tomorrow”.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

About the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative

MAEI was established in 2008 in order to develop and facilitate lasting solutions to improve elementary and secondary school education outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians. MAEI brings together Aboriginal organizations, the business community, post-secondary institutions, First Nation schools and provincially and territorially funded school boards to implement programs to support Aboriginal students. MAEI believes the development of knowledge and skills will provide Aboriginal youth with an incentive to continue their education. Projects are chosen in consultation with the pertinent Aboriginal leadership, provincial and territorial education authorities, public and private organizations, non-government organizations and local business communities. MAEI has five major projects across Canada: Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program, the Accounting Mentorship Program, Promising Practices in Aboriginal Education Website, the We Stand Together campaign with Free the Children, and the Model School Project at Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation. MAEI is developing a First Nations Principals’ Course with a thirteen member First Nation panel. In addition, MAEI is developing an Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program online.

For further information, please contact:

Bluewater District School Board
Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Education
519-363-2014, ext. 2123
lori_wilder@bwdsb.on.ca

Bruce Power
John Peevers, Manager of Investor and Media Relations
519-361-6583
john.peevers@brucepower.com

The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative
Lucie Santoro, Director of Administration
514-758-9978
lsantoro@mai-iam.ca