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June 18, 2015

AltaLink partners with Alberta Indigenous Games to support Aboriginal youth

AltaLink commits $25,000 to the 2015 Alberta Indigenous Games

CALGARY, Alberta - Just in time for National Aboriginal Day on June 21, AltaLink, Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider, announced a new sponsorship with the one-of-its-kind Alberta Indigenous Games. Held in July in Edmonton, the games bring together Aboriginal youth to coach participants for ‘life, career and sport.'

Announced at its National Aboriginal Day celebrations in honour of Aboriginal Peoples' unique culture and heritage, the sponsorship reflects AltaLink's commitment to its relationships with Alberta's Aboriginal communities.

"As the largest owner and operator of transmission facilities in the province, it's our job to keep the lights on for more than three million Albertans, and we couldn't do that without our many partners, including the First Nations and Métis communities across Alberta," said Leigh Clarke, senior vice president of external engagement. "We are extremely pleased to be able to recognize the importance we place on these relationships by partnering with the Alberta Indigenous Games, an event that benefits many Aboriginal youth."

More than 1,000 youth are expected to participate in and benefit from the games this year.

"The vision of these games is to provide a venue for Aboriginal youth, sponsors, spectators and families to participate in youth empowerment, as well as come to an understanding of the ‘Circle of Courage' through the Spirits of Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity," said Alberta Indigenous Games founder Allan Ross. "Through the wisdom of Indigenous culture and the amazing power of sport, the Alberta Indigenous Games will continue to promote, integrate and infuse the Circle of Courage philosophy throughout all events of the games. All staff and volunteers will be encouraged and assisted to deliver an emotionally supportive environment to ‘Coach our youth for life, career and sport.'"

The games are held every two years and include 12 special events, competitions in 10 sports, a career fair, role model mentors, elders, indigenous arts, speaking, music, dance and other gatherings focused on affirming the theme of ‘Reclaiming our Youth.'

The games are held from July 12 to 16 in Edmonton. Visit www.enbasports.ca to learn more.

Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. We are committed to meeting the province's demand for electricity, providing innovative solutions, and partnering with our stakeholders and communities in doing so. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering electricity and utility services to customers worldwide.

For more information please contact:

Amanda Sadleir
Senior Communications Advisor
AltaLink
Phone: 403-267-6166
E-mail: amanda.sadleir@altalink.ca

Allan Ross
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Indigenous Games 2015
Phone: 780-884-5357
E-mail: allanross55@yahoo.ca

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