TORONTO, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Ahead of tomorrow's Assembly of First
Nations Annual General Assembly, RBC today released its fourth edition
of A Chosen Journey: RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report.
"This report features stories of initiatives that indigenous peoples
have undertaken in communities across the country. We are proud
partners in these programs," said Chinyere Eni, national director,
Aboriginal Markets, RBC Royal Bank. "We share the passion of First
Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders across the country who continue to
work to secure a sustainable future for their communities."
British Columbia's Lax Kw'alaams First Nation is just one example of an
Aboriginal community that has endured hardship but was able to move
forward. A decade ago, this band was close to bankruptcy and coping
with lack of proper housing. Today, the band is financially sound and
the community has been revitalized. Lax Kw'alaams band manager Wayne
Drury shares credit with RBC, which helped the band launch an
innovative on-reserve housing program.
"RBC makes our business personal and our community's success their
passion," said Drury.
Other highlights from the report include:
Economy: Banking, Financing and Investments - Saskatchewan's Kawacatoose First Nation was recovering from major
flooding when a tornado hit in 2010 and destroyed homes. Further
flooding and a fire damaged more homes and roads in 2011. RBC provided
disaster relief assistance, funding to support temporary housing and
bridge financing to enable the band to begin rebuilding homes.
Community: Social Development - Aboriginal filmmaker and RBC Emerging Award Winner Adam Garnet Jones
plans on putting his $7,500 award towards the creation of his latest
project, a feature film called Wild Medicine about an aboriginal teenager dealing with issues of isolation and
People: Employment, Education and Training - The RBC Aboriginal Summer Internship Program (RBC ASIP) helps students
like Kasandra Flett, a Red River College student from Manitoba entering
her second year as an RBC ASIP intern, gain skills and experience over
three summers as a Customer Service Representative and Account Manager.
She has the opportunity to be offered a full-time position upon
Procurement: Supplier Opportunities - Aboriginal-owned engineering and environmental solutions company,
Neegan Burnside Ltd., is a member of the Canadian Aboriginal and
Minority Supplier Council. Through RBC's work with the industry-led
council, Neegan Burnside Ltd. connected with RBC and has successfully
bid on and won several engineering projects.
For more than 100 years, RBC has helped strengthen communities and
generate wealth for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across
Canada. RBC continues to work closely with Aboriginal communities with
the shared goal of making a positive difference.
The 2012 RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report is available online at www.rbcroyalbank.com/aboriginal.
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For further information:
Angela Gordon, RBC Corporate Communications, 905-816-5650
Kathy Bevan, RBC Media Relations, 416-974-8810