Media Advisory - NAN Grand Chief to join Ontario Lieutenant Governor for Aboriginal Book Drive launch

    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy will join the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of
Ontario, for the launch of the 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal Summer
Reading Book Drive at Queen's Park.

                 DATE:       Tuesday June 2, 2009

                 TIME:       1 p.m.

                 LOCATION:   Media Studios, 1st floor
                             Queen's Park
                             Toronto, ON

    The Aboriginal Summer Reading Book Drive collects books for remote First
Nation communities. Brand new books for children up to age 14 can be dropped
off at Ontario Provincial Police detachments across the province. The book
drive runs until National Aboriginal Day on June 21. More than 40,000 new
books were collected in 2008.
    NAN has worked with Ontario's Lieutenant Governor on several initiatives
to improve literacy and education in NAN communities including the Lieutenant
Governor's Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps program and the James Bartleman
Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards.

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 and the
Ontario portion of Treaty 5 - an area covering two-thirds of the province of

For further information:

For further information: Michael Heintzman, Media Relations Officer,
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4906, (807) 621-2790 mobile

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