Company to provide the communications solutions for 2010 Manito Ahbee Festival, featuring one of the largest powwows in North America

Stock Symbol:  MBT

MTS is proud to announce its sponsorship of Manito Ahbee: Bringing People Together, taking place November 3 to 7, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Manito Ahbee Festival, featuring the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, will receive communications support, including wireless devices and services, from MTS.

Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS will also co-present an award at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, televised on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network on November 5.

Kelvin Shepherd

“We’re proud to sponsor a festival that showcases some of the best Aboriginal talent in North America,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. “At MTS, we seek to support festivals that celebrate Manitoba’s incredible diversity. The Manito Ahbee Festival assists in the growth and education of Aboriginal talent, something we strongly believe in lending our support and services to.”

Celebrating the music, arts, culture, and community of North America’s Aboriginal people, Manito Ahbee draws thousands of people to Winnipeg from across the continent.  Highlights of the five-day festival include an international powwow competition, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show – all held at the MTS Centre. 

“We feel the impact of the festival reaches well beyond entertainment,” said Gloria Spence, General Manager, Manito Ahbee Festival. “It communicates an important message of understanding and celebrating Aboriginal culture.  We’re proud that Winnipeg is the host of something this important to our province and beyond.”

Going into its fifth year of celebration, MTS has been a sponsor of the Manito Ahbee Festival from the beginning in 2006.

Each year, MTS supports nearly 30 community festivals in Manitoba, celebrating the province’s incredible community and diversity.

About MTS
MTS is a business unit of MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 6,000 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company’s extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream is a proud sponsor of Cindy Klassen, 2006 World Champion and Canada’s greatest Olympian, and a proud contributor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: http://www.mtsallstream.com/.

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Media:           
Gillian Giesbrecht       
MTS Allstream Corporate Communications   
(204) 958-3392
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