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Manitoba Hydro celebrates aboriginal awareness week – Thompson Citizen

by ahnationtalk on May 29, 2015365 Views

May 29, 2015

Manitoba Hydro celebrated aboriginal awareness week, which is a nationwide week introduced in 1992, to increase awareness around aboriginal cultures, traditions and identities, It took place from May 19-22. Manitoba Hydro celebrated the one-fifth of theirnearly 6300 employees that are aboriginal.

Scott Thomson, president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, says he’s proud of how many aboriginal people are in management, supervisory and trades positions. Mark Sweeny, manager of Manitoba Hydro’s community relations department, is one of those in a management role. “One reason I really enjoy working for Manitoba Hydro is our ongoing commitment in strengthening relations with the very people that are affected by our actions,” Sweeny said. “As an aboriginal person one of my responsibilities is to enhance the understanding of how aboriginal people working for the company are viewed by others.”

Sweeny joined Manitoba Hydro is 2003 when he moved to Thompson from Cross Lake. Sweeny started in an operational role, and eventually was promoted to community relations. 

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