COVID-19: $1 million fund for charities, communities pledged by Cameco

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Acknowledging the struggles faced by the communities in which it does much of its business, uranium giant Cameco is pledging $1 million for organizations in northern Saskatchewan that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Nations band offices, non-profits, charities and town offices in northern Saskatchewan as well as Saskatoon will be eligible for a one-time $50,000 grant from the company, which Cameco president and chief executive officer Tim Gitzel said is its way of giving back.

“We know that many charities, community organizations struggle in good times,” Gitzel said in an interview. “And these are not good times.”

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While relatively few COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan have been detected in the far north, the pandemic has raised concerns from isolated First Nations without access to health services. It’s also posed a challenge for non-profits such as homeless shelters, as they adapt to physical distancing guidelines.