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Union Gas Supports Couchiching First Nation Roundhouse

$2,800 grant to develop cultural programs

Fort Frances, ON – Union Gas is providing Couchiching First Nation with a $2,800 grant to support the development of cultural programming at a new community Roundhouse. The Roundhouse will serve as a traditional teaching place for youth and other community members.

Wendy Landry, Union Gas manager of First Nations, Métis and Municipal Affairs presented the cheque to Couchiching First Nation Band Manager, Smokey Bruyere and Ed Yerxa Councillor at the Couchiching Band office.

“We believe that investing in education creates lasting benefits for people and communities,” said Landry. “That’s why we are pleased to support the development of cultural programs at the Couchiching First Nation Roundhouse.”

“This donation is very important to the people of Couchiching as it is a start towards having their own place for ceremonies and teachings to our most important resource, our children,” said Bruyere. “The community has been talking about having its own Roundhouse for many years and this will help jumpstart the process of getting their own teaching place.”

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 Couchiching First Nation
Couchiching First Nation is a community of around 1,000 residents and another 1,300 living off-reserve. More members are also returning back home more amenities are made available on-reserve, including a new 400 seat arena and a new Pow-Wow ground that will accommodate over 1,000 people. We are also looking at building a new school for our younger students with a daycare to support our growing and vibrant community. We have many programs on the reserve for our members such as recreation, drug and alcohol treatment programs, an education department, an assessment home and our own Children’s Aid program. We also have a Bingo Hall amongst other activities for the member on reserve.

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]

Couchiching First Nation
Smokey Bruyere
Band Manager
Ph: 807-274-3228

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