Skip to content

Hydro One to deliver food, safety supplies to First Nations

Provincial utility extends partnership with disaster relief charity
Anishinabek Nation photo
Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island receives kits of food and safety supplies from Hydro One and GlobalMedic in August. (Supplied)

Hydro One announced Nov. 9 it is extending its partnership with GlobalMedic to provide an additional 3,500 kits of food and safety supplies to First Nations communities.

GlobalMedia is a registered Etobicoke-based charity specializing in disaster relief and aid.

Since the partnership's launch in June, GlobalMedic and Hydro One have provided 10,000 kits to Indigenous communities across the province.

Want to read more stories about business in the North? Subscribe to our newsletter.

"Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to give back to the communities where we work and live," said Hydro One president-CEO Mark Poweska.

"By extending our partnership with GlobalMedic, together we are able to address the immediate need for aid to help families navigate this challenging time."

"As the province battles with the second wave of COVID-19, it is critically important to ensure we support First Nations communities. Our volunteers are packing family kits that contain staple food items, reusable face masks and soap," said Rahul Singh, GlobalMedic executive director.

Hydro One is also inviting young Indigenous leaders to apply for the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Scholarship.

Up to 20 Indigenous students enrolled in electricity-related programs will receive $10,000 and the possibility of a summer work term at Hydro One. The scholarship is named after the Honourable Justice Leonard S. Mandamin, one of the first Indigenous electrical engineering graduates in Ontario.

Hydro One is Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider serving 1.4 million customers.