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Unifor and CN Rail donate 250,000 to First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

December 2, 2017

Toronto – Unifor and CN Rail, through the Canadian Community Fund CN Rail Project, have donated $250,000 to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

"Unifor is proud to support the Caring Society in their work to empower Indigenous children, youth and families,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Supporting initiatives like the Caring Society’s Spirit Bear education program as well as other worthy organizations that are working to improve our society is why the Canadian Community Fund was created.”

Unifor represents approximately 6,000 CN employees. The donation, presented today at Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council in Toronto, comes from the Canadian Community Fund which is jointly run by Unifor and CN Rail to support programs with a focus on women and aboriginal causes.

“CN is proud to partner with Unifor to help this wonderful charity and invest in the Spirit Bear Project which supports the First Nations’ Child and Family Caring Society of Canada’s efforts in protecting the safety and wellbeing of First Nations children,” said Suzanne Fusco, Senior Human Resources Manager, CN Rail.

The donation will support the Caring Society’s reconciliation-based activities, centralize reconciliation learning on its website, translate materials into French and five Indigenous languages and distribute to low income schools free of charge.

"As a leader in children's reconciliation learning resources and activities, the Caring Society is so grateful for the generous support of CN Rail and Unifor,” said Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. “Children are experts in love and fairness and take naturally to reconciliation. This donation will support our efforts to help all Indigenous and non-Indigenous children learn about our shared history in ways that promote the full and proper implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action."

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).