Media Release

For more information about news and events at the University of Winnipeg, contact:

Katherine Unruh
Director of Communications
204.786.9872
204.782.3279 (cellular)

Annette Elvers
Publications Coordinator
204.786.9172

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Making a Difference to Aboriginal Students:
RBC Royal Bank to Help Fund UWinnipeg Aboriginal Mentor/Tutor Program

"The University of Winnipeg is committed to putting students first," says Constance Rooke, UWinnipeg President. "The Transition Year Program is a unique example of one initiative that recognizes the needs of Aboriginal students and creates appropriate supports that will help these students succeed at university. We are indeed grateful to RBC Financial Group for their commitment to the community and for their financial support."

"RBC Financial Group recognizes the unique needs of Aboriginal youth and we're excited about being able to assist the University of Winnipeg with its mentor/tutor programs for Aboriginal students," explains Archie Arnott, vice-president, Business Banking, Winnipeg. RBC Royal Bank. RBC Financial Group (RBC) has a long-standing relationship with the Aboriginal community, and its support is directed to youth, training, education, and economic development.

RBC Financial Group (RBC) has one of the leading community care programs in Canada and is a founding member of the Imagine program. In 2001, RBC invested more than $44 million in communities across the country, with $27 million in donations to over 2,900 charitable organizations and $17 million in sponsorships. In 2001, Report on Business magazine named RBC the "most socially responsible" corporation in Canada for the sixth year in a row.

The University of Winnipeg, with its downtown, urban campus, is a gem in the heart of the city. Dedicated professors, innovative programs, and a commitment to make university education accessible are just a few of the reasons Maclean's magazine ranked UWinnipeg one of the top five undergraduate universities in Canada.

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For further information, please contact:
Wafa Kadri, RBC Royal Bank, 403.503.6186.
Katherine Unruh Director of Communications,University of Winnipeg, at 204.786.9872.