Supporting Aboriginal education - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability
Aboriginal education - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability
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Aboriginal youth is the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population. At the same time, about a third of Aboriginal adults have less than a high-school education.
Suncor and the company's private, non-profit, charitable organization, the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF), is supporting Aboriginal education — a key community investment priority. We are doing this because it's the right thing to do — and because it's smart business. Our core oil sands operations are based on or near traditional lands of Aboriginal Peoples, as is our Sarnia, Ont. refinery. An educated, engaged Aboriginal workforce is in everyone's best interests.
That was the message Suncor president and CEO Steve Williams took to Indspire's National Gathering for Indigenous Education in Calgary, Alta., in March 2013.
"Canada's future needs the innovative spirit, energy and leadership of indigenous youth," said Williams. "That's why we're investing our time, money and ideas to support their teachers and help make it happen."
Williams was on hand to help launch the Indspire Institute, a new online meeting place and resource for those engaged in Aboriginal education in the K-12 grades. The SEF has committed $1.7 million to support Indspire Institute programs, including Nurturing Capacity: Building Community Success, a program available across Canada for communities experiencing challenges in the area of K-12 achievement.
Suncor has been a partner of Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) for 14 years, supporting Indspire scholarships and the Indspire Awards.
Read more about indigenous education and Indspire in OSQAR
Here are some other organizations supported by Suncor that are working to improve the educational and leadership opportunities of Aboriginal youth:
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