2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Return To Global Television For 3rd Consecutive Year



    
                           FEATURING APPEARANCES BY
               MAESTRO FRESH WES AND Y&R'S TONYA LEE WILLIAMS

             SATURDAY, MARCH 22 - 8PM ET/PT ON GLOBAL TELEVISION

                         - PLUS ENCORE PRESENTATION -

                    SATURDAY, APRIL 5 - 8PM ET/PT ON APTN
    

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - The 15th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement
Awards returned to Toronto for the first time in 10 years Friday, March 7, and
celebrated another impressive roster of 14 exceptional recipients recognized
for their outstanding career contributions as Aboriginal Canadians.
    The Gala broadcast premieres Saturday, March 22 - 8pm ET/PT on Global
Television, followed by the encore presentation on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples
Television Network) Saturday, April 5 - 8PM ET/PT.
    "We're proud to return as the exclusive broadcaster alongside APTN, to
showcase the outstanding achievements within the aboriginal communities," said
Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.
    Hosted by actress, Larissa Tobacco (2006 MuchMusic VJ Search, "Eye of the
Beast"), the awards ceremony features over 20 musical talents, including
Andrea Menard, Doug 'Plex' Bedard, David Maracle, Tamara Podemski, Lucie
Idlout, Digging Roots, Tinsel Korey, 5th Generation, Hellnback, Jana and Derek
Miller.
    "We are particularly pleased that Global has expanded its broadcast of
the Awards Gala," says Roberta Jamieson, CEO of NAAF. "More Canadians will
witness the rich contributions our people have made and continue to make to
our country. We are also pleased with the three year broadcast commitment the
Foundation and Global have made."
    Performances will also include the debut of "Sit By My Fire" the official
anthem of this year's ceremony. Written by some of Canada's top Aboriginal
songwriters, the song promotes tolerance and understanding. Award-winning
actor, writer, producer Jennifer Podemski returns for her second year as
creative producer of the Gala ceremony. Appearances by famed Canadian rapper,
Wes "Maestro" Williams and actress, Tonya Lee Williams ("Young & the
Restless").
    Award recipients are selected by a national jury, comprised of past
awards recipients and individuals representing geographical regions and the
First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Since 1988, the Foundation has
provided more than $27 million to more than 7,000 recipients across the
country, with scholarship disbursements reaching almost $3 million each year.
Past award recipients have included a former premier, an environmentalist, an
NHL hockey legend, and a lifetime achievement award was given posthumously to
artist Norval Morrisseau.
    For a complete list of award winners, performers and presenters please
visit www.naaf.ca.

    The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards were created in 1994 to
celebrate and promote positive role models to Aboriginal youth. The awards are
part of the work of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, a
charitable organization that encourages and empowers young Aboriginal people
in order to advance their educational and career opportunities. Since 1988,
the Foundation has provided more than $24 million to deserving Aboriginal
students across the country, with scholarship disbursements reaching almost
$3 million each year.

    Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:
    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one of the country's most popular
specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel,
Showcase, Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of
Canwest Media Inc.

    About Canwest Media Inc.
    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

    About APTN:
    September 1, 2006 marked the seven-year anniversary of the launch of the
first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by,
for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers
around the world. APTN is available in over 10 million Canadian households and
commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH),
telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN does not
receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through
subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts
programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal
languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN
at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at
www.aptn.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jacqueline Kendall, Global
Television, (416) 443-6036, jkendall@globaltv.com; Jamie Monastyrski, NAAF
Director of Communications and Media, (416) 903-4331, jmonastyrski@naaf.ca


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