Corbin Poitras shares Métis culture with Fort McMurray students

FORT McMURRAY, Alberta – Students at Greely Road and Dr. Clark schools in Fort McMurray received a firsthand lesson in the art of Métis storytelling and dancing from Corbin Poitras.

“I’m thrilled to be able to share the Métis culture and heritage with children because it’s something my family wants to see continue on and the best way to do that is by sharing with children,” said the Moose Mountain, Alberta resident.

Syncrude brought Corbin to Fort McMurray to hold the workshops and perform at Friday’s launch of its 2012 Aboriginal Review entitled Pathways. Every household in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will receive a copy of the magazine as part of Syncrude’s commitment to provide a comprehensive report on its progress of its Aboriginal Development Program.

The magazine chronicles the stories of Dave Tuccaro, Alex Janvier and Tabitha Quintal as well as reports on different areas of Syncrude’s work with the Aboriginal community in 2011 and 2012, including:

Spending more than $1 million on Aboriginal community projects in 2011

Paying Aboriginal companies $140 million for goods and services in 2011, bringing Syncrude’s total spend with Aboriginal businesses to $1.7 billion since 1992

Hiring 36 Aboriginal people in 2011 – 8.6 percent of Syncrude’s total workforce are of self-declared First Nations, Métis or Inuit descent.

The publication is available at

The Syncrude Project is a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Partnership, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership and Suncor Energy Oil and Gas Partnership.

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