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April-16-2008 – INUVIK – President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Roberta Jamieson addressed the National Inuit Education Summit in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Wednesday April 16.
Entitled “Toward a National Inuit Education Strategy”, the conference was presented by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), which brought together educators and Inuit leaders from across the Arctic to discuss barriers and challenges to Inuit education and a strategy for progress.This is the first time Inuit educators, political leaders, and government officials have come together to discuss the educational challenges facing Inuit, their families, education systems and infrastructure, and their communities.
Over 140 Inuit students from across Canada have been supported through bursary and scholarship funds and many cultural projects have also been funded through the Foundation.
“We are very proud of the Foundation’s support of the north,” said CEO and President Roberta Jamison. “The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation looks forward to partnering with your organizations, professional societies, governments, and corporations to help you achieve that strategy for success.”
“In addition, the Foundation stands ready to provide funding for Inuit who wish to pursue post-secondary education and training as an instrument for the realization of achievement plans.”
The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation has also awarded the many northern recipients with the prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Some include performer Susan Aglukark, journalist Paul Andrew, environmentalist Sheila Watt-Clouthier and ITK President Mary Simon.
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 youth to achieve brighter futures. Since 1985 the Foundation has awarded more than $27.3-million in scholarships and bursaries to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across the country in all disciplines, including law, medicine, education, psychology, fine arts, business and computer sciences. Over $3-million was distributed in the last year.
For more information, please contact:
NAAF Director of Communications and Media
416-903-4331 jmonastyrski @ naaf.ca (no spaces)
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