Great Canadian team members encouraged to wear orange ribbons to support and acknowledge the Canadian statutory holiday, and company to make donations to four Indigenous charities
September 30, 2022 (Toronto, ON) – Great Canadian Entertainment (“Great Canadian” or “the Company”) will be commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by honouring the children who never returned home and the Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.
Today, over 7,000 Great Canadian team members at its 25 destinations in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are encouraged to wear orange ribbons to demonstrate to its guests, and anyone who enters their facilities, an affirmation of The Company’s responsibility to build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The Company will also be making donations to four Indigenous charities to support significant education and support programs, helping Indigenous communities. The following charities will each be recipients of a $5,000 donation from Great Canadian Entertainment:
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- Legacy of Hope Foundation
- Woodland Cultural Centre
- Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation
“The Legacy of Hope Foundation is so grateful for the generous support from Canadian businesses such as Great Canadian Entertainment,” quoted Teresa Edwards, Executive Director at the Legacy of Hope Foundation. “These funds will go to supporting projects for Survivors and intergenerational Survivors to access Cultural Reclamation Workshops, which help significantly in supporting healing and will help to foster Reconciliation in Canada. By working together, we can change the world and create a brighter future for all Canadians!”
Through the assistance of the four organizations, Great Canadian is using this time to encourage all of its team members to engage in meaningful reflection on Canada’s history – particularly pertaining to the history and legacy of residential schools. The four above-mentioned organizations have all shared educational resources so that team members can be better educated on the subject matter.
About Great Canadian Entertainment
Founded in 1982 as Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, Great Canadian Entertainment is an Ontario-based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality destinations in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. We’re driven by our Vision, which is to be the leading gaming, entertainment and hospitality company in our chosen markets by providing superior entertainment value and exceptional experiences. Fundamental to the company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually supports hundreds of charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our Crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.
Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement,
Community and Social Responsibility