On June 21st, 2018, RBC celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day and recognized the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to better understand the significant contributions Indigenous Peoples have made to Canadian society, in areas such as the environment, the arts, education, the community and business.

This year, the 10th edition of A Chosen Journey marks the beginning of a new era — one where Indigenous inclusion is at the forefront and is on the hearts and minds of Canadians. We have a long history of partnering with Indigenous communities across Canada and recognize the incredible impact these partnerships can have in important areas such as sustainable energy resources development, youth skills and community building. A Chosen Journey demonstrates RBC’s commitment to Indigenous economic development, access to employment and education, community investment and procurement opportunities.

The design of this year’s publication aims to shine a light on Indigenous successes and, in the spirit of equality, show RBC Royal Bank’s commitment to the Indigenous community.

How we celebrate at RBC

Members of the RBC community in Toronto came together at RBC WaterPark Place for a traditional smudging ceremony officiated by Elder Jimmy Dick. Guests were welcomed by Kirk Dudtschak, Executive Vice-President, Regional Banking, who acknowledged the Indigenous territory and expressed the significance of National Indigenous Peoples Day. “I believe when we recognize and celebrate the culture and histories of the First Peoples of this land; when we reflect on our past, and on moving forward; when we lean in to our communities, both inside and outside of RBC, we have an opportunity to forge a greater nationhood and a brighter future for generations to come.”

Chief Administrative Officer Jennifer Tory also participated in the celebration, sitting down with RBC Law Group Indigenous Articling student, Caitlin Tolley for a fireside chat. Caitlin, a recent recipient of the Public Policy Forum’s Emerging Leaders Award, spoke about her work as an advocate for Indigenous people and shared her thoughts on reconciliation and RBC’s partnership with the Indigenous community.

Continuing to learn through our #iCommit initiative

This employee-created initiative helps create an environment of understanding and support for the Indigenous culture, as well as the reconciliation movement. Together, we’ll show that our commitments help support equality in Canada.

#iCommit to educating myself and being proactive in partnering with our local First Nations personally and professionally.

Kate – Moncton, NB

#iCommit to continue mentoring and sharing my knowledge about the rich and vibrant Indigenous History, Culture and Language that I have learned while working within Northeast British Columbia.

Tracy – Kamloops, BC

#iCommit to learn about and be an advocate for the beautiful Indigenous culture that has built this amazing country that we live in.

Liv – Montreal, QC

#iCommit to mentoring an Indigenous employee and expanding the knowledge of my leadership team.

Betty – Georgetown, ON

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