Unique Foods Canada Inc. Collaborates with Brands for Canada to Donate 30,000 Bottles of Activate Vitamin Drinks to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

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Unique Foods Canada Inc. Collaborates with Brands for Canada to Donate 30,000 Bottles of Activate Vitamin Drinks to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

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Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario – (March 2, 2016)- Unique Foods Canada Inc., distributors of Activate Vitamin Drinks, among other unique beverages, in collaboration with Brands for Canada, a registered charitable organization, is happy to announce the donation of 30,000 bottles of ‘Activate Vitamin Drinks’ water to Six Nations of the Grand River, the most populated Indigenous community in the country, made up of Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga, and Tuscarora Nations.

The Activate Vitamin Drinks were picked up on Tuesday, March 1, and will be delivered to the Six Nations Thermal Treatment Building, 2470 Fourth Line, Ohsweken, Ontario on Thursday, March 3, approximately at 12 noon. Activate Vitamin Drinks are an innovative line of beverages that allows the vitamins within the products to stay fresh and potent, offering a convenient way to get your daily allowance of nutrients.

This water initiative has been created as part of Unique Foods Canada’s growing corporate social responsibility program, and in tandem with the company’s upcoming Anniversary – celebrating 20 years of distributing unique beverages to Canadians across the country.

Over the years, media reports have shown the lack of safe drinking water in First Nation communities. Based on a recently published article, an alarming 82 per cent of water wells contain coliform – a sign of fecal contamination; of the 312 wells selected at random, more than a quarter contained E. coli. Sodium counts were also five times higher than the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s standard.

Brand Development /PR lead, Unique Foods Canada Inc., Josh Silver states, “The mandate outlined for us in 2016 is to partner with key organizations, like Brands for Canada, that are at the forefront of helping communities affected by issues similar to the situation plaguing First Nation communities in Canada. To keep the conversation going on the social media sphere, we created #ActivateCommunity. We encourage everyone to join in on the conversation, so we can continue to raise awareness about the issue that has plagued many First Nation communities for years.”

Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill said, “There are many First Nation communities across the country suffering under boil water advisories. While we have worked hard to provide access to safe drinking water from our water treatment plant, distribution is still a challenge with inadequate government funding and only 9 per cent of our residents with direct access to clean piped water.”

“On behalf of the Elected Council, we would like to thank Unique Foods Canada Inc. and Brands for Canada for their generous donation while we continue to work towards expanding our water distribution system throughout the entire community,” Chief Ava Hill added.

Executive Director of Brands for Canada, Helen Harakas, said, “We hope this distribution of water by Unique Foods Canada Inc. and Brands for Canada will be a major step in providing clean water for the Six Nations, and serve as a catalyst of a clean water movement for First Nations communities across Ontario and the rest of Canada.”

About Unique Foods Canada Inc.:
Founded in 1996, Unique Foods Canada Inc. is a major national distributor in the beverage industry. With its base of operations in Montreal, Unique Foods Canada specializes in importing high-end beverages to all of Canada. Over the years, the brand has become a pioneer in bringing healthy “New age” products to Canada. Some of the products Unique Foods Canada distributes, include, Stewart’s Old Fashioned Sodas, Aquahydrate Water with electrolytes, Activate Vitamin Drinks, Icelandic Glacial water, Coco’s Pure coconut water, Protein2o and Flow Water, to name a few.

For more information, please visit http://www.uniquefoodscanada.ca/

About Brands for Canada:
Brands for Canada is a registered charity that provides NEW, donated clothing, personal care items and housewares to people living in poverty through its network of partner agencies across the country. Recipients include people who are homeless, abused women and children, at-risk youth, immigrants and refugees, people with physical or mental disabilities and job seekers. Brands for Canada also provides comprehensive on-site job training programs for individuals facing barriers to employment and protects the environment by diverting surplus goods from landfills.

For more information, please visit http://www.brandsforcanada.com

About Six Nations:
Six Nations of the Grand River is the most populated First Nation in Canada, with more than 26,000 members. Located in Southwestern Ontario, between Brantford, Caledonia, and Hagersville, it is the only First Nation in North America wherein all six Haudenosaunee Nations – Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga, and Tuscarora – live together.

To learn more about Six Nations of the Grand River, please visit: www.sixnations.ca

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For further information, please contact:

Lowell Hall
Ireland + Hall Communications
lowell@irelandandhall.com; (416) 887-1636
Josh Silver
Brand Development /PR
Unique Foods (Canada) Inc.
josh@uniquefoodscanada.ca; (514) 343-4973
Enza Ruscillo
Development Manager
Brands for Canada
enza@brandsforcanada.com; (416) 578-1015
Victoria Racette
Communications Officer
Six Nations Elected Council
adpr@sixnations.ca; (519) 445-2201

 

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