We bring substantial economic benefits to the communities in Canada where we operate by employing people, buying goods and services, collaborating with other businesses, and paying taxes and royalties. But we understand our contribution to society needs to go beyond hard economics. Supporting the communities where we operate is part of how we do business. This approach was on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the pandemic saw our business and employees rally to a common cause, each of our operating assets have long supported charitable initiatives in their local communities. For example, over the last few years, our CCR Refinery has funded several innovative health projects in the Montreal East area it calls home. One such project was the donation to the Fondation du CSSS de la Pointe-de-Île, which went toward the purchase of bilirubinometers (tools to monitor jaundice in newborns) to facilitate home care.
In Northern Ontario, employees at our Kidd Operations and Sudbury INO also live up to our commitment to the community by raising funds for those in need. In 2019, the United Way Centraide North East Ontario (UWCNEO) jointly recognized these two sites for their fundraising efforts. Their commitment to the UWCNEO endures to this day.
We rely on our employees to bring our community commitment to life and are fortunate to have them do just that. In fact, we are able to boast that many of our employees are leaders within the various communities we touch. Amélie Rouleau, as an example, was recognized in WIM’s biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining”, for her work building and sustaining Raglan Mine’s social license to operate by engaging with Inuit communities nearby its operations.
Similarly, Gloria Morissette, a senior chemist responsible for analyzing water samples, extends her passion for the natural environment to the benefit of her local community by serving as an authorized wildlife custodian at the organization she leads and founded in 2015, Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre.
We continue to foster strong, progressive relationships with Indigenous communities near our operations.
Most notably, our Raglan Mine, constructed in a remote, off-grid location, and founded on the first Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) with an Indigenous group in Canada, continues to embody, and further evolve, the principles of the Raglan Agreement it signed with five Inuit partners in 1995.
We invite you to read about the Raglan Agreement, as well as the words of Aida Puxley, an Inuit employee at Raglan Mine, who assists with hiring and provides support to Inuit employees to help with their integration into the workplace.
Moreover, Raglan Mine, as an operator in the Canadian Arctic, recognizes the importance of acting responsibly within this unique environment and brings a deep history of being responsive to the environmental concerns of the local Indigenous communities nearby its operations.
We are fortunate to have a deep history and connection to the communities we have helped build across Canada and are eager to continue to help build them into the future.