SURREY, BC, July 14 /CNW/ - Terasen Gas has announced its partnership
with Cowichan Tribes to sponsor Tribal Journeys 2008, a celebration of Pacific
Northwest First Nations and Metis culture, July 18 to August 2.
"For over a decade we have enjoyed a strong working relationship with the
Cowichan First Nation, and we welcome the opportunity to offer our support as
they host Tribal Journeys 2008," said Doug Stout, Vice President of Marketing
and Business Development for Terasen Gas. "First Nations from across B.C.,
including Western Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, will make the
journey along with nations from as far as the Alaskan border, and Washington
State, to celebrate the region's unique aboriginal culture and traditions."
This year's event is anticipated to be one of the largest in its 19-year
history, coinciding with the 2008 North American Indigenous Games hosted by
the Cowichan Tribes First Nation, August 3 to 10. Tribal Journey participants
will also join the 2008 Games in honouring the athletes by escorting them
during the Parade of Nations to the Opening Ceremonies on August 3.
"Over 65 Northwest Coast Native Americans, First Nations, and Metis
groups will participate in Tribal Journeys, representing cultural
rejuvenation, strength, and courage," stated Chief Lydia Hwitsum of the
Cowichan Tribes. "This journey marks our collective commitment to our
traditions and cultural teachings, and our relationship with the ocean.
Cowichan is excited to welcome Terasen Gas aboard as a partner in sponsoring
this celebration of First Nations' culture."
Over 80 ocean-going canoes will journey from over 50 points of origin
across the Pacific Northwest, arriving at Cowichan Bay July 28. On their
arrival, participants will take part in a traditional Coast Salish welcoming
event. This will be followed by a four-day celebration in which Cowichan
Tribes will welcome thousands of youth from across North America.
Terasen follows its Statement of Aboriginal Principles to conduct its
business in a manner that respects the social, economic and cultural interests
of First Nations and Aboriginal communities.
Terasen Gas delivers natural gas and propane through three companies that
make up the Terasen Gas group: Terasen Gas Inc., Terasen Gas (Vancouver
Island) Inc. and Terasen Gas (Whistler) Inc. The companies share common
Terasen Inc. ownership and are indirect wholly owned subsidiaries of Fortis
Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada,
serves two million gas and electric customers and has more than $10 billion of
assets. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and electric utilities in
five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries. Fortis Inc. owns
non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada and in Belize and
upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial real estate in
Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade
under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at
www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
For further information:
For further information: Media contact: Carol Greaves, Community
Relations Manager, Terasen Gas, Phone: (250) 380-5764, E-mail:
email@example.com; Jenn K. George, Communication and Legacy
Coordinator, Year of the Cowichan, Cowichan Tribes, Phone: (250) 701-8381,