OTTAWA – To mark Gordon Peeling’s retirement after 13 years at the helm, the Mining Association of Canada held a fundraiser to benefit the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF). During his leadership, MAC developed closer ties to Canada’s indigenous peoples, and the industry became the largest employer of aboriginal Canadians.
“The mining industry continues to advocate for aboriginal education and recognizes the impact it will have on Canada’s economy” said, adding, “I am thankful to MAC members, partners and close collaborators that helped support this event”
NAAF was represented by its president and CEO Roberta Jamieson. In her six years leading NAAF, support for Aboriginal youth has doubled its bursaries and scholarship funding. Since 2005 alone, NAAF has supported 6,690 students with over $22.6 million.
The event was held at the Ottawa Museum of Nature and raised $25,000 for NAAF. The next NAAF awards will be presented on Feb. 24, 2012. Nominate a candidate at www.NAAF.ca.