Tree Canada marks #Canada150 with community tree planting initiative in Yellowknife

October 6, 2017 (Yellowknife, NT) — On Saturday Tree Canada, Canada’s leading national tree planting charity, will be unveiling a local community greening initiative in Yellowknife, NT as a part of its #Canada150 celebrations.

Thanks to the generous support from CN and the Government of Canada, the community is planting 19 trees and 30 berry bushes to beautify the front yard of William McDonald School. Students from the school will be participating in the planting to gain a hands-on learning experience. The Saturday event will feature Tree Canada president Michael Rosen, representatives from Ecology North and other dignitaries from the city of Yellowknife, NWT Legislative Assembly and local Indigenous communities.

This greening initiative is one of 150 such community initiatives coordinated by Tree Canada, CN and the Government of Canada taking place across the country. There are tree plantings taking place in every province and territory.



“All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”

“We are proud to be part of a program that helps make communities across Canada better places to live, work and play,” said Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer of CN. “In hundreds of Canadian communities, the railway has been a part of life for generations. We honour that history, and we proudly look toward our shared future with these Canada 150 celebrations.”

“The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada. The Canada 150 project ‘Tree to Our Nature’ will not only leave a lasting legacy for future generations, but also allow Canadians to get closer to nature and increase their environmental awareness. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities.”

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage


About Tree Canada:

Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 600 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at


About CN:

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at


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Paul Jorgenson

Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tree Canada

819-208-8230 (cellular)