The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) once again is searching for Canada’s best and brightest First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth for nomination to the 2009-10 National Aboriginal Role Model Program (NARMP).
The program, which has been organized by NAHO for the past five years, aims to highlight the accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth aged 13-30.
The program’s theme is “Lead Your Way!”
All aboriginal youth are being called upon to nominate their role models by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, March 20.
“Across Canada, the National Aboriginal Role Models of NAHO touch the lives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth in a meaningful and real way,” noted NAHO CEO Dr. Paulette C. Tremblay.
“Role models are authentic individuals who are true to their identities,” said James Makokis, national spokesman for the NARMP. “They give others the courage to push beyond their own potential, opening the door to new possibilities.
A selection committee of aboriginal youth will choose the top 12 role models. Those chosen will be role models for a year, visiting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis schools and communities to share their stories of hope and success.
NAHO will be producing posters and trading cards of each of the role models.
Nomination forms can be found online at www.naho.ca/rolemodel or by calling toll-free 1-877-602-4445.
Editor’s note: Robert Animikii Horton of Rainy River First Nations was selected as one of 12 role models for 2008.