Regarding Katimavik, I think it’s important to note that none of the programs listed for funding by the Yukon’s elected representative and his colleagues compare to the fullness and length of the Katimavik program.
A weekend conference is no comparison. A workshop is no comparison.
Katimavik puts young men and women into communities and allows them enough time to get to know the community and understand the complexity of volunteerism and Canadian identity.
The program does not need to do any fundraising as it receives donations from individuals who understand and treasure its greatness and helpful affect that it has on Canadians and future professionals.
Let’s not forget that the program had signed agreements with the government for funding to last until at least March 2013. It comes as a great surprise to many individuals that the funding was cut even though agreements had been made with the government. That is wrong.
Katimavik hosts, employees, participants, communities, alumni, not-for profit organizations and would-be volunteers, such as myself, who were scheduled to volunteer with the program, denounce this government’s decision to cut funding without fair warning and before the agreements for funding were to end.
Connor S. Whitehouse