Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) congratulates the 17-year-old winner of its sixth annual National Aboriginal Day Live flag contest. APTN chose Cynthia Undyantara’s design from 267 entries received from across Canada. The annual flag contest is part of APTN’s 2012 Aboriginal Day Live event, slated to take place this year on Saturday, June 23.
"I included important symbols that reflect the core teachings of a culture based on an appreciation for nature, friendship and a quest for spiritual enlightenment and guidance," says Ms. Undyantara of her design, which incorporates vibrant colour and symbols that represent Aboriginal Peoples as a whole.
Earlier this year, APTN invited young people between the ages of 12 to 17 from across the country to design a flag that represents the richness and diversity of all of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples, and which illustrates what National Aboriginal Day means to them. As Canada’s only Aboriginal television network, this contest is one way APTN provides opportunities for young people to share their vision and pride of Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Since her design was initiated as part of a school project, her school will also receive $750 towards the purchase of learning materials. The winner developed her flag as a part of her project in her graphic design class at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill, Ontario.
To find out more and to see other contest entries, visit www.aboriginaldaylive.com and click on “flag contest.”
September 1, 2011, marked the 12-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel APTN HD in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at www.aptn.ca>.