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NFB launches essay contest.

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has added a new feature to its Web site and is inviting high school students from across the country to take part in an essay contest to help them mark the occasion.

Students can enter the One Drum, Many Hearts contest by submitting a short essay about what it is about their community that makes it special.

Among the prizes to be awarded are an iPod, a MacBook computer, DVDs, and a chance to attend the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards in Edmonton on March 16, 2007.

The contest is being run as a way of promoting the new Aboriginal Perspectives feature on the film board's Web site, an online resource that features a selection of NFB documentaries on Aboriginal themes produced between 1940 and 2004. The site also features interviews with film-makers, academics, artists, Elders and students, covering a diverse selection of topics, including the arts, racism and colonialism, Indigenous Knowlege, history, sovereignty and representation in film.

To enter, students must visit Aboriginal Perspectives online, read the four questions that make up the contest quiz, then explore the Web site to find the answers.

The next step is to go to the online entry form, fill in the answers to the quiz and then write an essay of between 350 and 500 words describing their community.

The student needs to explain why they are proud of their community while comparing their community to one depicted among the collection of films on the Aboriginal Perspectives site.

The deadline for entries for the One Drum, Many Hearts contest is Feb. 22. The first place winners in each of the two age categories--15 and under and 16 and over--will have their winning essay published in a future issue of Windspeaker.

For more information about the contest, visit the Aboriginal Perspectives section of the NFB Web site at www.nfb.ca/aboriginalperspectives.
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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