Matsqui First Nation (BC) realizes dream of opening its own community centre*
Little Black Bear First Nation (SK) sets up province's first Aboriginal-owned* Tim Hortons franchise, combined with Petro-Canada outlet
Six Nations of the Grand River (ON) becomes major player in green energy market*
TORONTO, June 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Opening a long-dreamt-of community centre
near Abbotsford, BC; bringing Fort Qu'Appelle, SK the province's first
Aboriginal-owned Tim Hortons franchise, combined with a Petro-Canada
outlet; and investing in a greener future near Hamilton, ON. These are
just three of the Aboriginal business and community success stories
celebrated in the 7th annual RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report: A Chosen Journey.
Achievements of individuals are also honoured within the report,
including a silver medal winner at the 2014 North American Indigenous
Games in Regina and a royal couple who presided over last year's annual
BC Elders Gathering.
"Each of these success stories clearly shows the value of the strong
partnerships that Aboriginal peoples across Canada continue to build
and their ongoing contributions, not only to their own communities, but
also to Canada as a whole," noted Elizabeth Jordan, RBC's national
director, Aboriginal Markets. "For our part, we will continue to
explore ways to create more opportunities for First Nations, Métis and
Inuit communities and to increase our understanding of their unique
needs and visions."
More Aboriginal success stories can be found at rbcroyalbank.com/aboriginal by clicking on RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report: A Chosen Journey.
About RBC Aboriginal Banking
For more than 100 years, RBC has been building strong relationships with
First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. We are
committed to serving Aboriginal governments, communities,
organizations, businesses and individuals by creating opportunities for
sustainable economic development through access to banking and capital; community and social development; employment, education and training; and procurement. RBC also provides donations and grants that support Aboriginal
interests in three key areas: the environment, specifically water;
youth literacy and education; and culture and heritage. More
information is available at rbcroyalbank.com/aboriginal.
* Images courtesy of Matsqui First Nation; Little Black Bear First
Nation; and Canadian Solar Inc.
SOURCE RBC Royal Bank
Image with caption: "Creating a community hub: BC's Matsqui First Nation prepares to welcome members to its very own community centre. (CNW Group/RBC Royal Bank)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150616_C9606_PHOTO_EN_43521.jpg
Image with caption: "Little Black Bear First Nation to open Saskatchewan's first Aboriginal-owned Tim Horton's franchise, combined with new Petro-Canada gas station. (CNW Group/RBC Royal Bank)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150616_C9606_PHOTO_EN_43525.jpg
Image with caption: "A greener future for Six Nations of the Grand River: Investments in Ontario renewable wind and energy projects will yield long-term benefits. (CNW Group/RBC Royal Bank)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150616_C9606_PHOTO_EN_43523.jpg
For further information:
Media contact: Kathy Bevan, RBC Corporate Communications, 416-974-8820