Edmonton Community Association

September 17, 2009 14:04 ET

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Donates $75,000 to Metis Learning in Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - Enbridge Pipelines Inc. has become the first corporation in Alberta to contribute to the Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards with a $75,000 donation. The donation to Edmonton Community Foundation will go to an endowed fund which provides financial support to Metis students from across Alberta in any post-secondary educational or vocational program.

"The Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards is a well respected and well run program", said Lyle Neis, Manager of Projects-Aboriginal Affairs. "Enbridge wants to support Metis learners from all over the province and the Belcourt Brosseau fund is an excellent way to do that".

On behalf of the Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards, Edmonton Community Foundation will distribute $480,000 to 117 students in support of their studies during the upcoming school year. A cultural celebration of recipients will be held on September 19, 2009 at the Marriott Edmonton at River Cree in the Enoch Grand Ballroom @ 4pm.

"Enbridge's contribution will help Metis Albertans achieve their educational dreams and we very much appreciate their leadership in corporate Alberta," says Martin Garber-Conrad, CEO of Edmonton Community Foundation.

Timing is critical as the need for financial support is growing faster than the existing fund can sustain, which speaks to the educational appetite of the fastest growing population segment in Alberta. Partnerships will help ensure Metis Albertans have the opportunity to continue learning and provide an educated work force to meet the needs of Alberta's labour market.

The Belcourt Brosseau Metis Awards Fund was established in 2001 from a donation from Canative Housing Corporation. To date, the awards have provided over $3 million to more than 500 recipients. For more information visit www.bbma.ca.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., which operates, in Canada and the United States, the world's longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system. Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a leader in energy transportation and distribution in North America and internationally. For more information visit www.enbridge.com.

Media, videographers and photographers are welcome to attend the celebration on September 19. Please contact Theresa Majeran for accreditation.

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