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Union Gas Partners With Caldwell First Nation to Restore Wetland Habitat

$3,500 grant  will help return neglected marina to its natural state

Leamington, ON – Union Gas is providing Caldwell First Nation with a $3,500 grant to help restore a neglected marina to its original state as a wetland habitat.

The project will include the removal of old docks, the elimination of phragmites and other invasive plant species and the reintroduction of native vegetation to the area. The restored wetlands will be used to teach environmental studies at local schools.

John Bonin, Union Gas manager of Aboriginal Affairs and Neil Quenneville, Union Gas utility services manager, presented the cheque today to Caldwell First Nation Chief Louise Hillier at the Caldwell administrative building.

“Union Gas strives to be the partner of choice for communities, and that includes building long-term, productive relationships with First Nations and Métis communities,” said Bonin. “We are also highly committed to environmental conservation. That’s why we are so pleased to support the Caldwell First Nation wetland restoration project.”

“We are pleased to have Union Gas supporting our efforts to reclaim these significant and neglected areas to their natural state,” said Hillier.  “We look forward to working in unity to reclaim and restore a natural area that will be a refuge for our wildlife species, a place that promotes a sense of well-being and a place of quiet beauty.”

With our deep roots in Ontario, Union Gas has built a foundation of strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with First Nations and Métis peoples in the communities and regions where we operate. This is central to providing certainty to our business and supports the vision, purpose and values of the company’s Charter. For more information visit uniongas.com/community/aboriginal.

About Caldwell First Nation
The Caldwell First Nation (or Chippewas of Pelee) is a Potawatomi and Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) First Nation community located in Southern Ontario. The Caldwell First Nation is a distinct and federally recognized Indian band. Caldwell First Nation historically inhabited the Essex and Kent county areas. Forced from their homes located on a portion of our traditional territory in southern Ontario, from what is now known as Point Pelee National Park, the People of Caldwell First Nation became scattered.  Landless for over 220 years, their land claim was finally resolved in 2010.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.

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CONTACTS:

Union Gas Limited
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
[email protected]

Caldwell First Nation
Louise Hillier
Chief
Ph:  519-322-1766
[email protected]

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