Monday March 8th 2010, six excited students, made the journey from Cranberry Portage Manitoba to Ottawa Ontario, to be honoured as the winning video makers for the HLN’s youth suicide prevention video contest. With part of the costs being covered by NAHO, a flight donation from their own MP Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding, and a huge fundraising initiative by the youth themselves, the group was able to experience a few educationally relevant (and fun filled) days in the Nation’s Capital.
While in Ottawa the youth participated in a tour of Parliament and met with their MP Niki Ashton who made them feel at home on the hill during a very heated question period. They saw the sights of the popular Byward market in downtown Ottawa, met with National Aboriginal Role Model Charlotte Qamaniq who shared her story and connection with aboriginal youth suicide prevention and awareness. They enjoyed learning the art of Lino Print from NAHO's own Simon Brascoupé, found themselves captivated at the Museum of Civilization, and spent their final evening with their more than generous and accommodating MP Niki Ashton for an experience of a lifetime: dinner at the Parliamentary Restaurant!
A big congratulations goes out again to the winning students from Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage for their winning video entry entitled, “Choose Life”, keep up the great work!