BMO Financial Group Supports Upcoming North American Indigenous Games in the Cowichan Valley

    -  More than 40 BMO Bank of Montreal employees to volunteer at the Games
    -  BMO silver level sponsorship supports archery, badminton and Canada's
       national summer sport, lacrosse

    VICTORIA, BC, July 25 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group's support of the North
American Indigenous Games kicks into high gear as more than 40 BMO Bank of
Montreal employees from Vancouver Island prepare to volunteer at the Games.
    The Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games will take place from
August 3 to 10 in the Duncan area of Vancouver Island. This international
celebration of youth, sport and culture, featuring 15 sport competitions and a
large-scale cultural festival, will showcase elite Indigenous athletes and
artists from across Canada and the United States.
    As a silver level sponsor, BMO Bank of Montreal is pleased to support
three sports in the Games - archery, badminton and Canada's official national
summer sport, lacrosse.
    "With thousands of athletes and cultural performers, the North American
Indigenous Games event should prove to be an exciting time for volunteers and
spectators and a major boost to the local economy," said Mike Suzuki, Vice
President, Vancouver Island, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We are very pleased to
lend our support and cheer on the athletes."
    Aboriginal Banking at BMO Bank of Montreal was created in 1992 to
contribute to the self-sufficiency of Aboriginal peoples across Canada. Today
the Bank continues its work in building mutually beneficial relationships with
Aboriginal communities, businesses and individuals.
    "Our relationships with Aboriginal peoples go beyond business," says Doug
Bourque, Director of Aboriginal Banking for BMO in British Columbia. "We are
very supportive of arts and cultural events and organizations as well as
providing Aboriginal scholarships at many universities and colleges in BC and
across Canada."
    BMO has three full service branches located on First Nations territories
in BC - Tsahaheh Branch (Tseshaht First Nation), Park Royal Branch in West
Vancouver (Squamish Nation) and Westbank Branch in the Okanagan (Westbank
First Nation).

    About BMO Financial Group

    Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly
diversified North American financial services organization. In 2007, BMO
contributed $50.4 million in corporate donations, sponsorships and events,
supporting communities and thousands of charities and not-for-profit
organizations across Canada. In British Columbia and Yukon Division, BMO has
over 3,000 employees and serves customers from 142 BMO Bank of Montreal
branches, six BMO Nesbitt Burns offices and five BMO Harris Private Banking

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