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CORUS Entertainment Donates $200,000 to Trent University


(December 2, 2005 - Peterborough and Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc., one of Canada's leading media entertainment companies, announced today a donation of $200,000 to Trent University in support of two key initiatives.

A cash donation of $100,000 will support the construction of Nozhem: The First Peoples Performance Space, a key component of the new Enweying Building at Peter Gzowski College. Through its radio and television media outlets, Corus will also donate an additional $100,000 of air time and media support for Trent's new advertising and recruitment campaign.

"Corus is a strong supporter of Canada's cultural, artistic and entertainment industries. Supporting the construction of the First Peoples Performance Space reflects our ongoing commitment to nurture and encourage up-and-coming Canadian talent," said Kathleen McNair, Corus Entertainment's Vice President and General Manager, Radio & TV, Peterborough & Oshawa. "And by leveraging our national media outlets – Corus owns 51 radio stations, as well as specialty and conventional television services – we can help Trent share its achievements and stories with a wider audience, drawing interest and support for this outstanding place of learning."

President Patterson expressed gratitude for the Corus donation on behalf of many at the University. "Corus Entertainment's gift to Trent represents a significant commitment to our students and a genuine interest in developing their potential," said President Patterson. "To acknowledge that commitment, we've taken the opportunity to mount a plaque with the Corus Entertainment name at the entrance of Nozhem: The First Peoples Performance Space at Trent." 

During the donation announcement, the president presented Ms. McNair with a framed and signed copy of "Sirmilik Hoodoos," a limited-edition print of the Canadian arctic photographed by Dr. Roberta Bondar, Trent University's ninth Chancellor. This was followed by a second performance of Anishnaabe Maanjiidwin II, an Indigenous Performance with students of the Indigenous Dance and Repertory class taught by Prof. Marrie Mumford, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Arts and Literature, and the artistic director of Nozhem: The First Peoples Performance Space. 

Corus Entertainment is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children's programming and products. The Company's other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus' web site can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

Officially opened in 2005, the Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space is an exciting venue in which audience members can participate in an intimate relationship with the artists and performers. Unlike traditional western theatre, the space is used for ceremony, as a vessel to pour forth and nurture Indigenous oral tradition, language and knowledge.

In 1969, Trent University became the first university in North America to establish an undergraduate program in Native Studies. In 1978, Trent established the first four year Bachelor of Arts Honours program in Native Studies and Trent has the only Native Studies Ph.D. program in Canada. Trent University's undergraduate course offerings include Introduction to Indigenous Theatre, Indigenous Dance Theory, and Indigenous Dance Performance. Trent is also home to Canada's first Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Arts and Literature.


For more information, please contact:
Marilyn Burns
Director of Communications
705 748 1303

Sally Tindal
Director of Publicity & Media Relations
Corus Entertainment
416 530 5121




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