Media Advisory - For Vancouver, Monday, February 18th, 2008: AFN National Chief and Four Host First Nations call on First Nations to volunteer for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games; AFN to donate First Nation drums to BC-Canada House at 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National
Chief Phil Fontaine, along with the Four Host First Nations, will announce
details of their joint efforts to encourage First Nations volunteers to
participate at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
    "In less than two years, at least 25,000 Canadians will volunteer at the
Winter Games," said National Chief Phil Fontaine. "We want to ensure that a
good number of volunteers will be from First Nations communities located in
every region of this country. This will be an experience of a lifetime."
    The AFN will assist the Four Host First Nations, and the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
in distributing a series of newsletters that will provide details on how to
volunteer at the Winter Games, as well as other opportunities for First
Nations peoples to participate in the Games including the Vancouver 2010 Torch
Relay, Cultural Olympiad, and employment and procurement opportunities.
    The National Chief will also make a presentation of First Nations drums
that will be used in an interactive display at the BC - Canada Pavilion during
the 2008 Summer Games.
    "Beginning this May, hundreds of thousands of visitors will get a taste
of First Nations culture, arts, and business when they visit the BC-Canada
Pavilion in Beijing," said the National Chief, who also thanked Hydro One as
the AFN drum sponsor. "We hope to leave a lasting impression and inspire many
to visit our communities."

    
                           Media Photo Opportunity
       Where: Vancouver Sutton Place Hotel, Salon Pommard, lobby level,
                             845 Burrard Street
                     When:  Monday, February 18, 1 p.m.
    




For further information:

For further information: Karyn Pugliese, on site, cel (613) 292-1877,
kpugliese@afn.ca; Joan McEwen, AFN Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789,
ext. 242, jmcewen@afn.ca; Tewanee Joseph, Four Host First Nations, (778)
327-5775


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