Aboriginal success stories: Businesses, communities and individuals across Canada are celebrated in RBC's 7th annual "A Chosen Journey"

  • 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.


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

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