by Kristy Boucher
FORT WILLIAM FN – Fort William First Nation would like to acknowledge and extend their sincerest appreciation to the RBC Foundation’s Royal Eagles Back Pack Program for their generous donation for the 2017‐2018 school year. For the second year in a row, RBC has donated funds for the FWFN Education Department to purchase and distribute 300 backpacks, lunch kits and school supplies for the students on and off reserve from the community.
“Fort William First Nation has a long standing working relationship with RBC. On behalf of the families of the community, thank you for the extra support towards ensuring our children return back to school ready and equipped with the essentials that they need for a successful year,” states Chief Peter Collins of FWFN.
The Education Department organized and held a Back to School Registration night on August 28, 2017 at the FWFN Community Centre, where parents and guardians registered their children for bussing, the FWFN Nutrition Program and received a backpack, lunch kit and school supplies.
“With the high costs of getting ready for returning to school for families, we look forward to hosting this night every year and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they select their backpack and school supplies. It’s important for us to assist the community in a meaningful manner and reduce the stress of back to school shopping,” says Myra Bannon, Education Manager.
Not only does this program supply children and youth with the much needed supplies it creates a broader sense of community and connection between RBC and the First Nation community. “The positive effect on the self-‐esteem and the enthusiasm felt by the students is immeasurable. It is our honour and privilege to be able to help in such a positive and impactful way, “ says Aaron Kakepetum-‐ Senior Account Manager First Nation Banking at RBC.