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Welcome to the HLN Blog! Here you will find postings about news items, positive youth programming across the country and beyond, job postings, resources, websites, scholarships/awards, research funding and other things that we think might be relevant to youth or youth workers visiting our site. If you’re looking for something specific, check out the tags at the end of each post and on the right-hand menu. The HLN blog should be interactive, so please feel free to leave a comment about any of the postings, or to email us if you have an idea for an HLN blog posting.

imagiNATIVE 2012 Call for Submissions

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival in Toronto that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival's screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.


Aboriginal Youth Explosion

You are invited to join us in celebrating the voices of Aboriginal youth and young adults at the ABORIGINAL YOUTH EXPLOSION event!

Since November 2011, Bridges Social Development has been working with various youth groups of different ages and backgrounds from First Nations communities to explore and understand their Wisdom Story – the story of who they are, where they have come from, and what patterns of meaning they see in their own journey.

The Aboriginal Youth Explosion event will bring together the collective voices of youth, through the mediums of art, dance, song, poetry and photography on March 18th to celebrate the exploration of themselves and provide the space for them to share their story with the broader community.

Event Details:

Save the Date: Sunday March 18, 2012

Location: Mount Royal University, Ross Glen Hall (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)

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Time: 12pm – 5pm

RSVP: by March 1, 2012 by emailing

Aboriginal Spotlight: Jordy Trottier

Metis Rookie Hockey Player Has Heart of Gold, Will of Steel

Jordy Trottier is fulfilling his dream of playing professional hockey this season. The 23-year-old Metis is a rookie forward with the Illinois-based Bloomington Blaze, who compete in the Central Hockey League (CHL).

The CHL, a minor pro circuit, is considered a couple of steps below the National Hockey League, where Trottier’s uncle Bryan carved himself a Hall of Fame career.During his pro playing days, which lasted 18 seasons, Bryan Trottier won the Stanley Cup six times, four with the New York Islanders and twice more with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He then won a seventh title while serving as an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche. And he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, the first year he was eligible.

Though he never made it to the NHL, Jordy’s father Monty was also a pro player. During the ’80s he had stints with teams in three different minor pro leagues.Jordy’s uncle Rocky (Bryan and Monty’s youngest brother) is also an ex-pro. He spent most of his pro career in the minors but did play 38 games in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils.

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Source: ActiveCircle

Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards

Aspire to Inspire

Adobe Youth Voices is the signature philanthropic effort of the Adobe Foundation intended to empower youth and educators through media making experiences that promote social change.

Adobe Youth Voices is the signature philanthropic effort of the Adobe Foundation intended to empower youth and educators through media making experiences that promote social change. As a part of this effort, the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards celebrates the extraordinary work of young media artists from around the world by recognizing top talent in media production.

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Helping Indigenous Youth Achieve Potential

Indspire Puts Focus on Education to Ensure Indigenous Youth Thrive

Indspire is a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Indigenous peoples, especially youth to achieve their potential.

To date, Indspire has awarded more than $42.7 million in scholarships and bursaries to more than 11,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis recipients nationwide.

Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries and Scholarship Awards

Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous education outside the federal government. Thanks to the generosity of numerous corporate and government partners, Indspire disburses funds to Indigenous youth across Canada, covering all disciplines in four funding categories: Fine Arts; Oil and Gas and Trades and Technology: Health Careers; and PostSecondary Education. Indspire is able to obtain and disburse this much-needed financial support by partnering and engaging some of Canada's leading companies, public agencies, professional and labour groups who generously invest their resources toward realization of the potential of First Nations, Inuit and Métis recipients.

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