I am honored to announce that National Bank has donated $300,000 to Right To Play in support of indigenous youth.

Right To Play is a global organization that aims to use the positive power of sports and play to educate and empower youth in their local communities. The organization works in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and urban organizations across Canada to build life and leadership skills amongst children and youth through the Promoting Life Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program.

This year, National Bank’s partnership with Right To Play has reached a new peak. As part of our ongoing mission to support indigenous youth, a $300,000 check was given to the PLAY program during the annual Right To Play Youth Leadership Symposium in Haliburton, Ontario. The donation will help facilitate the execution of the Youth Leadership Program, which is a component of the PLAY program dedicated to children of 13 or older. Over 3,000 Indigenous children nationwide will benefit from weekly opportunities to enhance their cognitive, social, physical and emotional development.

We have had a long history of partnering with Indigenous communities across Canada. It gives me great pride to see the Bank support Indigenous youth by allowing everyone to grow up healthy, well-educated, and empowered to make a difference in their communities. Today’s youth are building our future, and we need to offer the same possibilities to all children across the country.

The PLAY initiative will consist of a training program for locally-hired youth workers in the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada to deliver play-based programs that promote healthy living and relationships, education, and employability life skills.

National Bank President and CEO Louis Vachon described the PLAY program as follows: “From innovative bond programs reinvested into community infrastructures to funding homegrown life skills training initiatives like the PLAY Program, we’re committed to having a positive impact by advancing social and economic opportunities across our country. Thank you to all local youth workers for their dedication and for being the driving forces in the successful rollout of this program.”

For more information on how you can help, please visit www.righttoplay.ca.

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