Rio Tinto’s BC Works operation. (Gerry Leibel/Black Press Media)

Rio Tinto’s BC Works operation. (Gerry Leibel/Black Press Media)

Rio Tinto invests $2 million in 2020; helps revitalise Haisla language

Multiple projects in the RDBN were also supported.

Rio Tinto BC Works invested over $2 million in various initiatives across the north in 2020, primarily in the Nechako Watershed and Kitimat-Terrace area.

The funds were used to revitalize the Haisla language, support salmon and white sturgeon conservation efforts, provide personal protection equipment to first responders, empower local businesses and help local shelters provide a safe environment for women facing domestic abuse, said Affonso Bizon, general manager for Rio Tinto BC Works in a Feb. 22 news release.

READ MORE: Vanderhoof conservationist questioning the nature of Rio Tinto’s temperature management program

“We were happy to help in 2020 and will continue to strengthen our partnerships with First Nations and the communities around our operations to pursue a sustainable future,” he added.

The funds were allocated amongst 37 organisations working in fields of culture heritage, community, education, health and well-being, inequalities reduction and the environment.

In the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, the multinational company invested in the Fraser Lake Fire Rescue Training Society, Vanderhoof Community Foundation, School District 91 backpack program, Board of Education for SD91 and NeighbourLink.

The contributions made in 2020 come from Rio Tinto’s Aluminum Canada Fund, Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund, in-kind donations and Rio Tinto’s special COVID-19 fund, as stated in the press release.

The company invested $1.8 million in community initiatives in 2019.

READ MORE: Northern B.C. First Nations wrap up testimony against Rio Tinto (Alcan), B.C. and Canada


Sarabjit Kaur
Multimedia Journalist – Vanderhoof Omineca Express, Caledonia Courier

sarabjit.kaur@ominecaexpress.com

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