Bruce Power celebrates on-site Aboriginal Day

June 22, 2016

First Nations

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Saugeen First Nation Chief, Vernon Roote

Bruce Power welcomed community members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation to site earlier this week to celebrate Aboriginal Day with employees through traditional dancing, drumming, art, culture and food.

Hosted by Bruce Power’s Aboriginal Network, an employee group that meets regularly to share their culture and promote involvement in the success of the company, Aboriginal Day allows employees an opportunity to meet residents of the Chippewas of Saugeen and Nawash Unceded First Nations and learn their traditions.

Bruce Power’s 2,300-acre site sits on the traditional lands of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, and the company works closely with these communities.

During the on-site celebrations, Bruce Power announced significant donations to the communities through its Aboriginal Community Investment Fund.

The company pledged $44,000 to health and wellness initiatives on Saugeen First Nation, which will provide individual counselling for people in crisis, while two community engagement sessions will discuss healing and healthy living.

"Positive health and mental wellness is a need in all communities including First Nations," said Kevin Kelly, Bruce Power’s Acting President and Chief Financial Officer. "This includes physical fitness, emotional wellness, intellectual health and spiritual well-being."

 Kelly said. “Holistic health of this nature is necessary for communities to achieve self-sufficiency, accompanied by genuine pride, mutual aid and belonging to a community of care.

Bruce Power also announced a $28,000 donation to a Youth Symposium being held August 15-17 at Cape Croker Park, on the Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Youth from 30 First Nation communities will honour their relationships with each other, the land and communities at the event, while being empowered to speak on issues affecting youth now and into the future. 

Nawash Chief Greg Nadjiwon said, “I am a strong believer that action is stronger than words, and I feel my community’s relationship with Bruce Power has definitely moved in the direction of respec.t. The support for our Youth Symposium is sure to pay dividends by allowing our youth to expand their vision and ability to network, provide the tools for them to problem solve and promote an educational agenda with the priorities as they see them.”

Mary Spencer, a world champion boxer from Nawash, will be one of a number of speakers at the event, while cultural teachings with Elders, medicine walks and topics such as life promotion (suicide prevention), healthy lifestyles, addictions and healing will also be part of the symposium.

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 Saugeen First Nation Chief, Vernon Roote said this initiative is important to the community. "This initiative will support the understanding of mental health and its importance as we heal and continue to grow as a people."

Chief Roote added that, "The support from Bruce Power will help make a difference in our community’s efforts to increase awareness around healthy living and overall wellness."

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company's site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors.

Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power's employees are also owners in the business.

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