Acadia First Nation in Nova Scotia is the first of many who will benefit from Gratitude Seafood sales in national grocery chains across Canada. The Laptops for Learners giveback kick-off in Gold River, Nova Scotia, was held on Acadia First Nation land. A celebration for the learners and kick-off to the giveback was jointly planned and brought the nations together with teachers and students to celebrate each other's traditions, culture and language. The two nations came together with the help of Gratitude Seafood authentically Aboriginal products to award 15 laptops to Mi'kmaw language and culture learners of Acadia First Nation.
Already well known for its Raincoast Seafood products, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP & St. Jeans Cannery, based in Port Alberni, BC, recently launched its Gratitude Seafood line of skinless, boneless salmon products available in Thrifty Foods, Safeway and Sobeys stores across Canada. With national distribution, Gratitude Seafood was founded upon the core values of sustainability, community, health and gratitude: "Taking care of ourselves, each other and the environment." Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood products are guided by three sacred principles: hish-uk-tsa-walk --Everything is one; iisaak --A greater respect with caring; and uu-a-thluk –To take care with a modern approach.
"We are thrilled to share that we have officially launched our gratitude campaign, featuring a special giveaway for students needing laptops for remote language learning. Thank you to the Acadia First Nation for hosting a kick-off event exceeding our expectations. As we move forward, we're excited to bring economic benefits and educational opportunities to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and Indigenous communities across Canada, " said Larry Johnson, president of Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP.
"We are proud of the partnership that we have created with the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and Gratitude Seafood. This relationship will benefit the language learners in Acadia's communities as it reinforces the importance of preserving Indigenous languages in Canada. We thank Gratitude Seafood for their generous donation to our community, and we celebrate them on their Laptop for Learners fund, which will ultimately help so many Indigenous communities," said Chief Deborah Robinson, Acadia First Nation.
Gratitude Seafood is not just any seafood company--it represents a way to impact Indigenous communities positively. Through its three percent giveback program, every purchase helps breathe new life into these communities. Specifically, 1.5% of net sales go towards the Gratitude "Laptops for Learners Fund," which provides economic assistance and new laptops to learners developing traditional language skills or working to restore language in their communities. The other 1.5% of net sales creates opportunities for greater First Nations participation in the seafood economy. So, with each purchase of Gratitude Seafood products, you're getting delicious and sustainable seafood and playing a part in supporting Indigenous communities and making a difference.
"The launch of Gratitude reinforces our company's commitment to providing sustainable seafood to Canadian retail partners," said Steve Hughes, president and CEO of St. Jeans Cannery. "We're proud of the relationship we've established with our retailers in support of the brand."