NEWS RELEASE: The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) contributes once again to the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF)

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 semi-fabrication.

For further information:
Paul Hebert at (613) 233-9392, ext 325