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RBC on "A Chosen Journey" with Canada's Aboriginal people

Inaugural Report and Community Events Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

TORONTO, June 18, 2009 — As Canadians celebrate Canada's National Aboriginal Day, RBC has released A Chosen Journey: RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report 2008, which highlights RBC's collaboration with Aboriginal communities, businesses, governments and individuals to help them reach their immediate and long-term goals.

"The report highlights our success and reinforces our commitment to corporate social responsibility, supporting diversity and partnering with Aboriginal communities, businesses and governments," said Dale Sturges, national director of Aboriginal Banking, RBC. "RBC and the Aboriginal community have enjoyed a strong working relationship for the past several decades and our National Aboriginal Day activities are a reflection of that."

The report addresses four key elements of RBC's ongoing work with Aboriginal peoples across Canada including Access to Banking Services, Community Development, Employment and Education, along with Procurement of aboriginal services to RBC.

"The financial services we provide to Aboriginal peoples are part of a broader goal to broaden the education, training, employment and social services in their communities," according to Sturges. "RBC has a long history of working with Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and we continually look to improve on that relationship."

RBC is also continuing its tradition of hosting and participating in National Aboriginal Day events across the country. This year's events include:

"A fundraising event organized by the Royal Eagles RBC employee group and the Amiskwaciy Academy High School will be taking place at Glen Abbey Park in Edmonton, AB, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday June 19. Activities will include a performance by the Amiskwaciy Academy's drum and dance group, as well as local First Nation, Métis and Inuit community members. A barbeque and special displays will be part of the festivities with proceeds going to Amiskwaciy Academy's Hot Lunch Program.

  • An annual fundraising barbeque will be held in Etobicoke, ON at the Queensway and Kipling RBC branch on Friday June 19, along with a prize raffle and bake sale. Donations will go to the RBC Royal Eagles Back Pack program and Gift Box program.
  • RBC is hosting an Aboriginal Day event in Kamloops, B.C. at the Victoria Street branch on Friday June 19. RBC clients and community members are invited to see traditional Aboriginal clothing, art and territory maps on display, enjoy refreshments and participate in a draw for a bent wood box. Events are also taking place within RBC branches in Williams Lake, Merritt Chase and 100 Mile House.
  • In Val-d'Or, QC, an RBC bank branch will host a fundraiser on June 19 to raise money for local stay-in-school programs.
  • In Terrace, B.C. a number of displays will be set up in the local RBC branch with artifacts from the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas bands and the Tsimshian First Nation as well as a carver who will display his work and show how traditional carving is done. The event takes place on June 19.
  • In Timmins, ON (38 Pine Street North), on Monday June 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., RBC will welcome and host the Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre, The Native Friendship Centre, The Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund, and The Wabun Tribal Council Organizations and Services to create awareness for both staff and clients.

About the RBC Royal Eagles
RBC's Royal Eagles, who are participating in several National Aboriginal Day activities, volunteer in their communities throughout the year. Located across Canada, their goal is to help RBC: raise awareness of Aboriginal culture within RBC; provide peer support through mentoring, coaching and networking; support the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal employees; and liaise with Aboriginal communities in their home provinces and territories.

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Media contact:
Matt Gierasimczuk, (416) 974-2124 or matthew.gierasimczuk@rbc.com


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