Global And APTN Return As Broadcasters Of The 16th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards



    
                     WITH HOSTS ADAM BEACH & TINA KEEPER

                       SATURDAY, MARCH 21 - 8PM ET/PT

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    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Global Television and Aboriginal Peoples
Television Network (APTN) proudly return as the exclusive broadcast partners
of the 16th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) being held in
Winnipeg this year. Manitoba natives Adam Beach (Law & Order) and Tina Keeper
(North of 60) come together to host the gala event that recognizes the
outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people,
amongst diverse occupations.
    The NAAA ceremony broadcasts on Saturday, March 21 at 8pm ET/PT on Global
& APTN (please check local listings).
    "These awards are most inspirational, and each year we look forward to
sharing the stories of these amazing individuals nationwide," said Christine
Shipton, SVP of Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.
    Performances will include a hot new release by rocker George Leach, a
collaboration between members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and
Manitoba's Eagle & Hawk, a crowd-pleasing number by new artist Janet Panic and
a finale by the Métis Fiddlers and Asham Stompers.
    "We are thrilled to welcome Global Television and APTN back as broadcast
partners for this year's Achievement Awards," said Roberta Jamieson, President
and CEO of NAAF. "These awards continue to inspire others just waiting for the
opportunity to demonstrate their potential to make their unique contribution
to Canada. We are pleased that we are holding this event in Winnipeg to honour
and celebrate those who are making a difference and leaving their indelible
mark on the future."
    This year's theme is SPIRIT. Both the Cree and Ojibway people of the
Winnipeg territory use this word to describe Manitoba. The Ojibway refer to
Manitoba as Manitou, the embodiment of spirit and the Cree call it Manitou Ah
Beh, Where the Spirit Lives. All elements of the show, from set design to
performance, will echo this theme, reflecting the spirit of Manitoba's
environment, landscape and the unique perspectives of Métis, Inuit and First
Nation cultures.
    "APTN is pleased to once again simulcast the National Aboriginal
Achievement Awards show alongside Global Television," said Jean LaRose, APTN
Chief Executive Officer. "This year's show promises to be better than ever,
and, as the show will take place just minutes from APTN's home base, we share
in welcoming the nation to Winnipeg, Manitoba; "where the spirit lives." We
also extend our congratulations to each of this year's 15 award recipients and
to the Foundation for its continued efforts and commitment to Aboriginal
youth."
    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 awards presentation takes place Friday, March 6 at the Manitoba
Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg. Tickets for the gala event are available
online at www.naaf.ca or by calling: 416-987-0250.

    Private Sector Support:

    Lead Corporate Sponsor: CIBC
    Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canwest Media Inc., Air Canada,
Tribal Councils Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd., Suncor Energy Foundation,
BP Canada Energy Company, Fort McKay Group of Companies, Manitoba Hydro,
Casino Rama, Nexen Inc., Rio Tinto, Manitoba Métis Federation, South Beach
Casino & Resort, The Fairmont Winnipeg and Great-West Life, London Life and
Canada Life

    Public Sector Support:

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Health Canada, Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada, Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Business Canada,
Canadian Forces, Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status
Indians, Province of Manitoba, Government of Nunavut, Government of the
Northwest Territories and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

    About The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

    The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a nationally
registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver
programs that provide the tools necessary for Aboriginal peoples, especially
youth to achieve their potential. Since 1985 the Foundation through its
Education Program has awarded more than $32-million in scholarships and
bursaries to more than 8,400 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students
nationwide. NAAF's key initiatives include: The National Aboriginal
Achievement Awards (NAAA) a national annual broadcast celebrating 14 achievers
in a multitude of career areas including a special youth award and an award
for lifetime achievement; Taking Pulse joins NAAF with industry to present
career options in specific growth sectors through a series of short
documentaries and supporting curriculum materials with the aim of recruiting
First Nations, Inuit & Métis youth; and Blueprint for the Future (BFF) a
series of one-day career fairs that motivate and inspire First Nations, Inuit
and Métis high school students with valuable resources and information on
career opportunities. Over 30,000 students have attended these exciting youth
oriented events to date nationwide.

    
    Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting
    

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and eighteen 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.





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Jamie Monastyrski, Director of
Communications & Media, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, (416)
926-0775 ext: 238, jmonastyrski@naaf.ca; Jacqueline Kendall, Publicist, Global
Television, (416) 934-7850, jkendall@canwest.com

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