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Hudson’s Bay Foundation Commits $1.2 Million to NIB Trust Fund, Supporting First Nation Communities, Organizations, and Individuals

Press Release

OTTAWA, ON, June 30, 2023 – NIB Trust Fund (NIBTF) and Hudson’s Bay Foundation (HBF) are thrilled to announce NIBTF as an official Hudson’s Bay Foundation Charter for Change Impact Partner. As part of this partnership, HBF has committed $1.2 million to NIBTF over three years, to support its mission to address the impacts of the Indian Residential school system and support Indigenous communities across Canada. This significant contribution marks a pivotal moment in NIBTF’s journey toward creating positive and sustainable impact for First Nations individuals and communities nationwide.

The partnership between NIB Trust Fund and Hudson’s Bay Foundation began with HBF recognizing the importance of NIBTF’s mission, resulting in HBF being the first organization to offer such a donation. After numerous discussions and delicate conversations addressing concerns, the organizations found alignment with their shared objectives to support First Nations and commitment to true reconciliation.

With this relationship, NIBTF will expand its efforts to provide educational opportunities, employment programs, and empower its beneficiaries, communities, and people. HBF’s support underscores their focus on education and employment as pillars of change within Indigenous communities.

“This donation from Hudson’s Bay Foundation exemplifies their commitment to change and to support First Nations communities and our self-determined capacity to drive meaningful change,” says Naomi Racette, Executive Director at NIB Trust Fund. “It stands as a testament to the tremendous potential of our organization to address needs and foster progress for the betterment and healing of First Nations and Métis peoples.”

“We are deeply committed to making a meaningful difference in Indigenous communities,” says Sophia Hwang-Judiesch, President of Hudson’s Bay. “As a company, we have a responsibility to support healing and reconciliation, and contribute to the vision of Canada as a nation rooted in reconciliation, equity, and justice. We feel very privileged to work with NIBTF in this effort.”

The NIB Trust Fund and Hudson’s Bay Foundation partnership marks a significant milestone in the pursuit of true reconciliation and progress. Together, they will work diligently to create pathways for education and employment that uplift and empower First Nations peoples and communities across Canada.

For further information: Jillian Morgan, Communications and Engagement Manager, jmorgan@nibtrust.ca, 1 (888) 268-0520; Tiffany Bourré, DVP, Communications, PR and Heritage, Hudson’s Bay, tiffany.bourre@hbc.com, 416-571-1301

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