Baffinland Iron Mines has donated more than $200,000 to assist five north Baffin communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The mining company and its employees put in excess of $115,000 toward food security, working closely with the hamlets in Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Iglulik and Sanirajak. The Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization, community food banks and other organizations also played roles to eliminate hunger.

Baffinland also teamed up with transportation company Fednav and Arctic Co-operatives Limited to provide vouchers for household cleaning supplies. As well, Baffinland devoted funds for mask-making materials and associated labour to produce masks locally.

Mary Mucpa of Pond Inlet holds her voucher for household cleaning supplies and a Covid-19 information card, courtesy of Baffinland Iron Mines.
photos courtesy of Baffinland Iron Mines
Kalluk Sanguya, a volunteer packer for food distribution in Clyde River, puts together food baskets sponsored by Baffinland. This was one among many donations made to five north Baffin communities, the others being Sanirajak, Iglulik, Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet.
Pond Inlet’s Mary Amagoalik was among the residents to receive background information on how to stay safe from the coronavirus as well as a voucher to purchase cleaning products from Baffinland.
Kenneth Kripanik, an agent with Canadian North delivers donated boxes of supplies in Iglulik. Baffinland sent 1,600 disposable gloves, along with natural disinfectants, hand soap, and other cleaning supplies to five north Baffin hamlets to help Nunavummiut during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lena Angutiqjuaq photo
Keesa Nowdlak, a Pond Inlet resident, was all set to pick up household cleaning supplies and he was better informed about Covid-19 due to donations from Baffinland Iron Mines.
Volunteers with the Sanirajak/Hall Beach Food Bank prepare to distribute meals. From left, Stephen McIsaac, Peter Disalvo, Danielle Huggins and Katie Clarke.
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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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