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AMMSA founder among walk of honour inductees.


In a tribute unique in Canada, the Dreamspeakers Festival Society is honouring people in the Aboriginal film industry with a permanent location in the city of Edmonton.

"In Cree, the Walk of Honour we call it Neka'new'ak, which means 'the one's who led the way,'" said Edmonton's Dreamspeakers Festival Society special projects coordinator Floyd Favel.

The Walk of Honour will be revealed June 18 at Beaver Hills House Park. Inductees for the walk have been named annually since 2005, although none will be named in 2009. At the ceremony, inductees Wil Campbell, the founder of Dreamspeaker's Festival Society; award winning actor Gordon Tootoosis; and Bert Crowfoot, the founder and CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA); will create an eternal imprint of themselves by pressing their hands into cement blocks and carving their autograph into the plaques.

"We feel what (the inductees) did was contribute to the contemporary culture of Aboriginal people," said Favel.

A free luncheon will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10440 Jasper Ave. Hoop dancer Buffy Handel and singer Leela Gilday are some of the entertainers who will perform.

That evening, Dreamspeakers will screen the Canadian film In a World Created by a Drunken God at Westmount Cinema. The film is based on a novel by Drew Hayden Taylor and won a 2008 American Indian Film Festival Award.

The two-day 2009 Dreamspeakers Film Festival kicks off on June 19 as part of Aboriginal Days. Both amateur and professional movies that explore the Aboriginal culture and perspective will screen at the Fantasy Land Hotel at West Edmonton Mall.

The Dreamspeakers Festival Society supports and educates the public about Aboriginal culture, art and heritage. The society considers itself a liaison between the general public and Aboriginal filmmakers, performers and artists.


Sweetgrass Staff Writer


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Title Annotation:EDMONTON; Aboriginal Multi-Media Society
Author:Thompson, Isha
Publication:Alberta Sweetgrass
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Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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