National travelling exhibition and community outreach program will give
Canadians the opportunity to explore Canada's immigration story
TORONTO, April 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Between 1928 and 1971, more than one
million people entered Canada via Pier 21 in Halifax. They included
refugees, evacuees and displaced children. These new Canadians would go
on to contribute immeasurably to Canada's way of life and growth as a
nation. It is estimated that today, one in five Canadians has a direct
link to Pier 21.
RBC is pleased to announce a gift of $500,000 from the RBC Foundation,
to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, to aid in launching
the Canada: Day 1 Travelling Exhibition and Community Outreach Program.
This exhibition from Canada's newest national museum, will offer
visitors a powerful living history experience including displays of
personal stories, original artworks and archive images.
"Immigration is one of the main pathways to nation building," notes Gord
Nixon, CEO, RBC. "People often come to our country because they are
driven by the dream of a better life. As a result, Canada is one of the
most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Our diverse population
is both a unique strength and a critical component of our economic
success and why RBC is proud to support this important initiative."
This gift will contribute to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier
21's new national mandate of ensuring that the story of immigration is
shared and celebrated throughout Canada. Through this donation RBC is
reinforcing our commitment to diversity, supporting newcomers and
building strong and inclusive communities.
"We are elated to be celebrating RBC Foundation's transformational gift
in support of the Museum and our shared commitment to cultural
diversity and its role in shaping the character of our nation," said
Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
"This gift comes at a defining moment in our evolution as a new
national museum and will allow us to expand our reach in communities
across the country and deepen our impact on the lives of Canadians."
About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada's largest bank and
one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization.
We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve
more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and
institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other
countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and
environmental leaders and is listed on the 2014 Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi
Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest
Employers, and one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships, community investments and employee volunteer activities.
In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide,
including donations and community investments of more than $69 million
and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at rbc.com/community-sustainability.
About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays
tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in
Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served
as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and
1971. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public
understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights
the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country
and the contributions of immigrants to Canada's culture, economy and
way of life. It is Canada's sixth national museum and the only one
located in Atlantic Canada.
For further information:
For media enquiries, please contact:
Sophia Massari, Communications, RBC, 416-974-7503, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Chisholm, Communications, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 902-425-7770 ext. 264, email@example.com