OTTAWA, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - During its annual Mining Day on the Hill
event, the Mining Association of Canada made a $2500 contribution to
the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF). This builds upon
the $25,000 contribution made earlier this year, for a total
contribution of $27,500.
The mining industry is a strong supporter of Aboriginal education
programs across Canada and particularly in rural and northern
communities. Mining is a prominent partner in the federal government's
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership programs, with initiatives
active in many Canadian jurisdictions. MAC member companies are also
active supporters of Aboriginal education, supporting numerous
scholarship programs and other initiatives. MAC's support for NAAF
builds on this work.
"Mining is the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal Canadians
and our future depends on their growing participation in our sector,"
says Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of MAC. "Canada's mining sector
is poised for significant growth and potential new investment of almost
$140 billion in the next 5-10 years. Investing in Aboriginal education
through organizations like NAAF led with distinction by President and
CEO Roberta Jamieson, is one way we can support Aboriginal youth and
invest in our future together."
"The Mining Association of Canada's ongoing support of the Foundation's
programs and initiatives is inspiring. This donation will help us
provide the tools and resources for a brighter future for Indigenous
youth," said National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation President and
CEO, Roberta Jamieson.
The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation has flourished under the
leadership of Ms. Jamieson. In her six years leading NAAF, support for
Aboriginal youth has dramatically increased with NAAF doubling its
previous total in bursaries and scholarship funding. Since 2005 alone,
NAAF has supported 6690 students with over $22.6 million. She has
extended the Foundation's career fairs into the North, Quebec and the
Maritimes and is Executive Producer of the nationally televised
National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
About the Mining Association of Canada
The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the
Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada's
production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are
actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and
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