National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

 

 

Fondation nationale des réalisations autochtones

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release – July 5, 2006

 

 

DANCE! CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS! THEATRE PRODUCTIONS!

Tthe National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation is proud to support, encourage, and celebrate the outstanding national, regional and local Cultural Projects throughout Canada by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, groups and organizations.

 

Toronto – Announced earlier today, over $200,000 has been awarded to recipients of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) Cultural Projects Bursary program. The wide array of projects supported include: Mi kmaq Youth Spirit Workshops, Indigenous Film Festivals, Theatre productions and more showcasing First Nation, Metis, and Inuit cultural initiatives.

 

“These individuals and groups, selected as recipients of NAAF’s Cultural Projects funding, are amazing stories unto themselves. By supporting these groups and organizations, we help retain and reclaim First Nations, Metis and Inuit traditions and culture,” said Roberta Jamieson, CEO NAAF. “Our people and all of Canada benefits from the richness and diversity of Aboriginal culture.”

 

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is proud to announce the following recipients of 2005 Cultural Projects Funding.

 

Selected List of Recipients:

Edmonton Métis Cultural Dance Society, Edmonton, AB
$5,000 for Métis Fest 2006  

Kankirqlinik Centre for Arts and Learning, Rankin Inlet, NU
$10,000 for Traditional Arts Workshop                

Full Circle First Nations Performance Society, Vancouver, BC
$6,000 for Aboriginal Ensemble Training Program Year 2

Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON
$5,000 for Planet IndigenUs 2007     

Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry, Whitehorse, YT
$6,000 for The Giant Owl Story Yukon
Alaska Tour               

Naskapi Montagnais Innu Association, Sheshatshui, NL
$5,000 for The Kamataukatshiut Festival 2006            

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Hagersville, ON
$20,000 for Here On Earth Tour          

Algonquin Nation Inc., Maniwaki, QC
$4,000 for Illustrated Algonquin Language Books for Children

Bear River First Nation Heritage and Cultural Centre, Bear River, NS
$5,000 for Mi’kmaq Sings Workshop 

 

For the complete list please visit: http://www.naaf.ca/html/culturual_recipients_spring2006_e.html

 

 

The objective of the Cultural Projects Program is to assist in providing a hands-on arts or cultural experience to community members, especially youth, and to promote the retention of Aboriginal languages and culture. NAAF supports programs that encourage an appreciation of art, culture and language as a source of personal enrichment. 

 

Founded in 1984, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages and empowers young Aboriginal people, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to realize their full potential through educational and career achievement. The Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of Aboriginal education and disburses more than $2 million a year to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across the country. NAAF's Education Program is generously supported by the private and public sector, including the Foundation's lead corporate sponsor CIBC.

 

For further information, please contact: Scott Cavan, NAAF Media Relations at 416.926.0775 ext. 237, cell: 416.903.4331 or by email [email protected]

 

 

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