BMO Financial Group

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BMO Bank of Montreal

BMO Bank of Montreal

September 29, 2010 10:00 ET

New Educational Opportunities for Aboriginal Youth-Now a 'Click' Closer With BMO's Support

$750,000 Donation Will Help Put 5,000 Laptops in the Hands of Aboriginal Children Across Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - Today, BMO Financial Group donated $750,000 to The Belinda Stronach Foundation in support of the One Laptop Per Child Canada Program. Through this initiative, up to 5,000 computer laptops will be distributed to children aged 6-12 in Aboriginal communities across Canada. 

"Aboriginal youth are the fastest growing population in Canada, and unfortunately many do not have access to the learning tools they need to help them realize their fullest potential," said Stephen Fay, National Director, Aboriginal Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. 

"At BMO, we have deep experience partnering with Aboriginal Peoples; we share in their efforts and their community aspirations. That is why we strongly support programs like this one that helps open new opportunities for young people. The benefits can be shared with siblings and other family members who would not normally have access to a computer and this leading-edge software package," added Fay.

This pilot project will be launched for the 2010-2011 school year in First Nation, Metis and Inuit schools across Canada. More information on the One Laptop Per Child Canada Program can be found on The Belinda Stronach Foundation website.

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