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