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January 29, 2010 13:22 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Environment Canada Invites Youth to Participate in the Nature Matters! Contest

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - This document corrects and replaces the news release sent today at 10:36 AM ET.

Canada's Environment Minister, and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jim Prentice, invites Canadians aged 9 to 35, to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 by participating in the Nature Matters! Contest. Until February 28, 2010, young Canadians are invited to submit a video essay or a written essay that answers the question, "Why is nature important to you?"

"Enjoying and appreciating our natural environment is definitely part of the Canadian tradition, and by working together, we can also make it part of our legacy to mark this important year for biodiversity. This contest is a great opportunity to explore what nature means to them and to inspire them to action to safeguard Canada's rich diversity for future generations," said Minister Prentice.

The Nature Matters! Contest will accept submissions until Feb 28, 2010.
One grand prize winner and two runners up will be selected from each age group (9-13 years, 14-19 years and 20-35), in each of the two categories (video and written essay).

Grand prize winners will be invited to Ottawa to attend the Grand Re-opening Event of the Canadian Museum of Nature on the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22, 2010, where their achievement will be announced. Grand prize winning written essays will be displayed in public art panels outside Environment Canada's environmental museum, The Biosphere in Montreal. Grand prize winning video essays will be projected for visitors at The Biosphere in Montreal during 2010.

Grand prize winning and runner-up essays will be published on the website of the Canadian Biodiversity Information Network (http://www.cbin.ec.gc.ca/index.cfm?lang=eng), a shared public resource of our federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and will be announced through Environment Canada's network of national education and environment organizations, reaching well over one million people.

The contest is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada only, submissions will be accepted in either French or English.

For full contest details, please visit:


For more information on 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, please visit:



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