National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

February 07, 2005 15:32 ET

Blueprint for the Future Career Fair coming to the Nations Capitol

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 7, 2005) - 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 and 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