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Video Features Young Mikmaq Role Models

first_imgThe province has produced an hour-long video profiling four successful young Mi’kmaq who are considered role models for Nova Scotia youth. Wabanaki People of the Dawn: Dreamcatchers, is the third in a series of videos produced by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in conjunction with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to give Nova Scotians a better understanding of the province’s first inhabitants. “We are working to ensure that all Nova Scotians have a greater understanding of the contributions being made to the province by our Mi’kmaq residents,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jamie Muir. “This video shows how some Mi’kmaq youth have overcome difficulties and achieve remarkable results.” Dreamcatchers shows how the four overcame adversity with determination and persistence. It features profiles of Chad Denny, of Eskasoni First Nation, who was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL and now plays in the team’s farm system with the Chicago Wolves; Jesse Benjamin, a veterinarian living near Bridgewater; Bridget Stevens, a boxer living in Bedford; and Const. Troy Julien of the RCMP in Eskasoni. The first two videos of the series, along with a learning guide, were sent to schools and libraries throughout the province last year. The latest video and complimentary learning materials will be sent to schools later this spring. Dreamcatchers was shown to the public at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro and to Mi’kmaq youth at St. Francis Xavier University earlier this year. All three videos in the series were produced by John Soosaar of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, directed by Terry Fulmer of Pine Tree Productions, and edited by Communications Nova Scotia.last_img

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