Aboriginal Youth in Action Fundraiser

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The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and the Manitoba Aboriginal Sport & Recreation Council are holding a live concert at the Burton Cummings Theatre on June 5, 2008 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm to raise funds for the Manitoba delegation of North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) participants.

The "Aboriginal Youth In Action" performers will be multi-award winner Tracy Bone, two-time Grammy nominee Fresh I.E., Don Amero, Christy Neveu & Mother Groove, and multi-award winners Eagle & Hawk, to name a few. The Hip Hop Academy will also be performing, who are an Aboriginal youth group put together through inner city programming.

The proceeds of the concert will help support the 100 of 500 Manitoba Aboriginal youth athletes and coaches who cannot afford to attend the 2008 NAIG. The proceeds will enable these young athletes to make the trip to Cowichan, BC for August 3 - 10 and represent their province by competing in their respective sports, which includes 3-D archery, athletics (includes Special Olympics), badminton, baseball, basketball, canoeing, field lacrosse, golf, soccer, swimming (includes Special Olympics) and volleyball.

The NAIG is North America's largest Aboriginal sporting event. Over 6,000 athletes from across North America will come together on Vancouver Island to compete in 16 contemporary and traditional sporting events. The eight-day event is expected to draw an estimated 20,000 participants and spectators.

According to the website, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s mission is, “to maintain a resource centre in Winnipeg that provides culturally relevant preventive and supportive programs and services for Aboriginal families.”

Michelle Boivin, communications coordinator for Ma Mawi says, “Ma Mawi is happy to support the positive development of our Aboriginal youth through positive recreational opportunities such as NAIG. We are helping to coordinate the event with MASRC and Rising Sun Productions to ensure that our young athletes have the chance to participate thanks to funds raised.”

Vince Fontaine, from Eagle & Hawk and Rising Sun Productions, is the producer of the event. ”I worked with Ma Mawi in the past during the 2002 NAIG festival,” he said. “The concert is called ‘Aboriginal Youth in Action’ and so we wanted to get youth heavily involved by participating in the whole production side of the event, including working backstage and helping out with video production,” said Fontaine.

This will be facilitated through an inner city program which will be organizing 20 Aboriginal youth with a team of instructors to get live event experiences.

There will also be a live art performance, which will have young artists doing a live mural onstage during the show, as well as a traditional and square dance component to the show.

Ryan Black, Wab Kinew, and Sheneen Robinson will be emceeing the event.

Tickets are $10.00 and are available through one of the following:
Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.ca or charge-by-phone 204-780-3333
Annetta Armstrong: 204-925-0335

For further information:
please visit www.masrc.com
or contact: Annetta Armstrong: 204-925-0335

Media Contact:
Michelle Boivin, Boivin Group Creative
Cell: 223-0510 / Office: 334-0740
Email: mboivin1@mts.net

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