National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

February 08, 2005 12:36 ET

BFF Coming to Ottawa for the First Time!

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA/TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 8, 2005) - This is going to be a fantastic event, with a live performance from "Red
Suga" an aboriginal Rap artist from New Brunswick at noon and 4 p.m.
Noon hour Keynote speaker, the Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs. Other notable presenters and dignitaries will be visiting throughout the day.

The Blueprint for the Future, a "Career Fair" of the National Aboriginal Achievement
Foundation will be held in Ottawa February 9 at the Ottawa Congress
Centre to encourage First Nations, Metis, and Inuit youth to continue
their studies in preparation for entry in a wide variety of careers.
Over 700 hundred high school students from aboriginal communities as far
away as Six Nations of the Grand River are expected to attend.

"The Career Fair is part of the Foundation's activities to inspire and
assist First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students to convert their full
potential into solid accomplishment," Roberta Jamieson, the Foundation's
CEO, said. "At the fair, they will meet with role models such as Waneek
Horn-Miller, Jamie Koebel, Jason Annahatak, and Aronhiais Herne. Dozens
of workshops will expose the students to new career areas which they can
choose as the focus of their educational aspirations. Their dreams are
attainable -- we want them to have the confidence to reach out and seek
to realize their dreams."

The Keynote speaker for this outstanding event will be the Honourable
Andy Scott, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, while "Red
Suga" a prominent Aboriginal Rap artist hailing from Pabineau First
Nation near Bathhurst, New Brunswick will be performing for the
enjoyment of the students during their lunch hour again at 4 p.m. Waneek
Horn-Miller is a champion swimmer, and a former co-captain of Canada's
Women's National Water Polo team. This team took part in the 2000 Summer
Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, placed in the top six in three FINA
World Aquatic Championship Tournaments, and won the gold medal at the
1999 Pan American Games. Jamie Koebel, Jason Annahatak, and Aronhiais
Herne are all a part of the National Aboriginal Role Model Program, an
initiative of the National Aboriginal Health Organization, where youth
role models share their stories and experiences with other Aboriginal
youth in the hopes of inspiring others to pursue their goals.

The Career Fair is part of the Foundation's "Blueprint for the Future"
program, now in its tenth year. It has helped more than 20,000
Aboriginal youth develop their education and career plans. The program
presents information on a wide range of fields in an interactive and
exciting forum where youth (age 13 to 18) have a chance to meet and
speak with Aboriginal and business leaders from across the country.
Aboriginal youth are Canada's fastest-growing demographic and the Career
Fair provides a powerful tool in helping them build their futures and
take their place in Canadian society.

Blueprint for the Future is a project of the National Aboriginal
Achievement Foundation (NAAF), a non-profit organization that encourages
and empowers young Aboriginal people to advance their educational and
career aspirations. NAAF is the biggest non-governmental funder of
Aboriginal education, now disbursing more than $2 million a year to
First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across the country. In addition,
the Foundation recognizes and celebrates Aboriginal career
accomplishment through the annual National Aboriginal Achievement
Awards, a dazzling showcase of Aboriginal entertainment that is
broadcast nationally on CBC and APTN. The Foundation recently launched
"Industry in the Classroom".

The lead sponsors of Blueprint for the Future are CIBC, RBC Financial
Group, and the Federal Government, led by Indian and Northern Affairs
Canada.

/For further information: Scott Cavan, Dir. Media Relations, NAAF - 416.926.0775; 416.885.9872 cell or Chris Allicock, Publicity, NAAF - 416.319.8003 / IN: EDUCATION, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Scott Cavan, Director of Media Relations, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-926-0775 ext. 244
    Secondary Phone: 416-885-9872
    Toll-Free: 800-329-9780
    E-mail: scavan@naaf.ca