National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

October 09, 2007 11:30 ET


Sony Centre to host 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards!

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2007) - After 10 years and on its very special 15th Anniversary, Canada's premier Aboriginal event, the 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, returns to Toronto at the newly named Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (formerly The Hummingbird Centre/O'Keefe Centre) on March 7, 2008.

"We are delighted to be honouring our outstanding First Nations, Inuit and Métis recipients this year at such a breathtaking venue as the Sony Centre," said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. "I wish to especially thank Dan Brambilla and the Sony Centre for their generous support of $25,000 to help Canada honour our outstanding Achievement Award recipients."

"The mandate of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is to honour the contributions of each of Canada's diverse populations," said Sony Centre Chief Executive Officer Dan Brambilla. "We are therefore grateful that Roberta Jamieson and the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation chose us to host this year's National Aboriginal Achievements Awards."

For the last 14 years the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards has inspired and empowered Aboriginal youth through the celebration of powerful role models. Each year, the Foundation invites Canadians to join with it in paying hommage to 14 outstanding recipients including a lifetime achiever and a youth recipient between the ages of 15 and 24 who receives $10,000 to further his or her education. The Achievement Award gala is a dazzling showcase of top First Nations, Inuit and Métis entertainers that is subsequently broadcast nationally on Global and APTN.

The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards were created in 1994 to celebrate and promote positive role models for First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth. The awards are part of the work of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, a charitable organization that gives Aboriginal youth the means to fulfill their dreams, realize their potential, and contribute to Canadian society and the world. Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in scholarships to deserving students across the country for all disciplines, including law, medicine, education, psychology, fine arts, business and computer sciences.

The Foundation is supported by corporations, organizations, government agencies, and individuals who wish to contribute tangible support to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth who require additional assistance in order to continue their studies.

Lead Corporate Sponsor: CIBC

Air Canada - Official Airline of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards
Alliance Pipelines Ltd., APTN, BP Canada Energy Company, Casino Rama, Nabors Canada, Global Television, Nexen Inc., Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Suncor Energy Foundation, Syncrude

Government of Canada:
Aboriginal Business Canada, Canadian Forces, Canadian Heritage, Health Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada,

For further information, please contact: Scott Cavan, Dir. of Communications. 416.926.0775 ext. 237, cell: 416.903.4331 or by email

Rosie Shaw, Manager, Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Direct line: 416 393 7466
Mobile: 647 210 7466
/For further information: Scott Cavan, Dir. Communications
416.926.0775 ext: 237

Contact Information

  • Scott Cavan, Director of Communications, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-926-0775 ext. 237
    Secondary Phone: 416-903-4331
    Toll-Free: 800-329-9780