Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 20, 2008 14:19 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the Aboriginal Role Model Awards at Rideau Hall and will participate as the Guest of Honour in a conference entitled Perspectives, Realities and Strengths of Aboriginal Women, in Wendake, Quebec, on National Aboriginal Day, Saturday, June 21, 2008.

National Aboriginal Role Model Program

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the National Aboriginal Role Model Awards to 12 Aboriginal youths from across Canada with during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Saturday, June 21, 2008; at 10:30 a.m.

The Awards consist of a small crystal sculpture.

Each year, the National Aboriginal Role Model Program celebrates the accomplishments of 12 Aboriginal role models aged 13 to 30 from First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. The role models are nominated by their peers and are selected for their achievements, leadership and innovation. Throughout the year, the role models visit First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities to share their stories with other Aboriginal youths. The list of Aboriginal role models for 2008-2009 follows.



2008-2009 Role Models

- John Carriere
- Robert Animikii Horton
- Inez Jasper
- Jenna Kilabuk
- Kyle Kuptana
- Channing Lavallee
- Katelyn Matthew
- Ry Moran
- Candace Polson
- Shaneen Robinson
- Heather Watts
- Jennifer Williams


For citations and more information on the National Aboriginal Role Model Program, please visit www.naho.ca/rolemodel.

Conference for the National Aboriginal Day: "Perspectives, Realities and Strengths of Aboriginal Women", Wendake Tourism Centre, Outdoor Auditorium (100 Bastien Blvd, Wendake, Quebec)

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will attend the conference in Wendake, Quebec, Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 3:30 p.m., which will examine the history and experiences of Aboriginal women in the Americas, their cultures, identity, realities and current experiences. Her Excellency and the other panel members will listen to the voices of women from different backgrounds, who are all devoted to justice and equality. These women are representative of all Aboriginal women who have preserved their culture and identity over the past 400 years.

Media are welcome to cover the ceremony and should be present by 10:00 a.m.

Those wishing to interview recipients at the end of the ceremony are kindly asked to call the Rideau Hall Press Office by June 20.

Members of the media are invited to cover the Governor General's speech and the conference in Wendake, Quebec and should be present by 3:15 p.m.

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