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Rio Tinto Supports COVID19 Isolation Shelter in Yellowknife

Mining News - Published on Tue, 14 Jul 2020

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Rio Tinto is partnering with the Yellowknife Women’s Society to support their COVID-19 isolation shelter with a CAD 150,000 contribution. As part of Rio Tinto’s worldwide community investment in COVID-19 relief initiatives, this funding will provide accommodation and food for individuals who are at high medical risk of serious illness or death if they contract the virus. It will also support the hiring of three additional staff at the shelter to provide service continuity and better support the ongoing programming for residents. The shelter is currently operating with funding in place for 25 individuals and expects to transition back into its original purpose as supportive housing after the pandemic.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Rio Tinto has worked in collaboration with new and existing partners to find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our communities through in-kind donations of time or resources, and financial contributions. This includes grassroots food security initiatives, the production and distribution of COVID-19 related PPE, and additional support for our Participation Agreement communities. Rio Tinto has partnered with the NWT Literacy Council to develop literacy materials for families with young children, youth aged 16-29 and newcomers to Canada who reside in Yellowknife. We have also doubled our scholarship funds to assist post-secondary students with the loss of revenue opportunities due to the pandemic.

Rio Tinto has pledged USD 10 million in support for community partners and COVID-19 initiatives in Canada and the United States, including over CAD 700,000 for local initiatives in the NWT.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 14 Jul 2020
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