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Winnipeg to host largest Aboriginal career fair in Canada

WINNIPEG, MB--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2009) - The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation's (NAAF) Blueprint for the Future (BFF) student career fair will deliver educational resources, access to career professionals, and dynamic entertainment and bring Aboriginal youth from all across Manitoba to the provincial capital.

Taking place January 14, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the event will be emceed by proud media role-model, former NAAF bursary recipient and member of the Cree and Gitxsan Nations, Shaneen Robinson. The event features musical entertainment from the Juno award-winning band Burnt Project 1, as well as chart topping hip-hop group Team Rezofficial. Similar to those in the past, the BFF Career Fair looks to not only entertain, but educate and inform.

Potential employers are invited from a wide range of professions - including government sector, private, trades, new technology - to operate info booths, carry out presentations, interact with students, and provide educational materials. Over its 10 year history serving 30 000 students, this unique and dynamic opportunity has proven time and again its ability to get youth one step closer to fulfilling their dreams.

"These events will energize and motivate students through hands-on workshops and direct exposure to role models-to chart their future - to dream - to believe in themselves and their ability to realize their potential," says Roberta Jamieson, NAAF President and CEO.

BFF is an ongoing series of career fairs that are designed to increase Aboriginal high school students' awareness of the diversity of employment opportunities available within the Canadian workforce. At each event, up to 1500 Aboriginal students from across the host region attend between 40 and 60 workshops and/or seminars in the areas of health, medicine, business, sciences, technology, finance, and manufacturing. They provide an opportunity for students to interact with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals and role models.

In each fiscal year, two BFF career fairs are held in different cities across Canada. To date, fairs have been held in Vancouver, Halifax, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

The BFF is the first of two major events being hosted by NAAF in Winnipeg in the coming months. Hosted by Adam Beach and Tina Keeper, the 16th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards will also be held on March 6, 2009 at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall.

Private Sector Sponsors:
CIBC, The North West Company, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Nexen Inc., Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, Jacques Whitford Ltd., Manitoba Hydro, CN, Vale Inco, Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection, TD Canada Trust, HudBay Minerals Inc., TransCanada, Enbridge, IBM Canada, The Great-West Life Assurance Company and Scotiabank.

Public Sector Sponsors:
Health Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Canadian Heritage, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forces, Office of the Federal Interlocutor, Transport Canada, Government of Manitoba, The City of Winnipeg.

Also Participating:
Manitoba Federal Council

For more information please visit www.naaf.ca




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