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Promoting Aboriginal Culture at RBC

The advancement and dedication of employees helps RBC pursue and achieve diversity goals. RBC Employee Resource Groups help bring together employees from a shared background and gives them a resource to help them develop both personally and professionally.

Within an Employee Resource Group, employees may provide and have access to peer support and recruitment opportunities through mentoring, coaching or networking initiatives while promoting avenues for education and awareness for other employees.

One active Employee Resource Group at RBC is the Royal Eagles. The group is a fellowship for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis RBC employees in Canada. Its objectives are to:

  • Enhance Aboriginal cultural awareness at RBC
  • Provide networking and mentoring for Aboriginal employees
  • Support recruitment and retention of Aboriginal employees
  • Act as a resource at RBC and a liaison with Aboriginal communities

Today, Royal Eagles has grown from three members in 1990 to about 200 members across Canada. It’s an employee group run by employees. Most provinces have a Royal Eagles representative, and different Royal Eagles groups across Canada are involved in different activities. Here are just a few things that Royal Eagles are doing at RBC and in our communities.


National Aboriginal Day (June 21)

National Aboriginal Day celebrates Aboriginal culture in Canada. In recognition of this important date, Royal Eagles groups from across the country plan activities at RBC locations and in the community.

For example, the Royal Eagles group in Edmonton partners with Amiskwaciy Academy, the only Aboriginal high school in the city, to host a National Aboriginal Day Barbeque in the city’s downtown area.


Supporting the Community

Imagine returning to school in the fall without new clothes or school supplies. The Backpack Program supported by the Royal Eagles, puts together backpacks filled with school supplies and provides a new set of clothes for Aboriginal children in need in southern Ontario.