Everyday life came to a sudden halt around the world with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and Canada went into lockdown in March 2020. The Pretivm team reached out to the neighbouring communities that surround the Brucejack Mine to see where our help was most needed. The Brucejack Mine operates in a remote region of northern BC and access to supplies can be a struggle during regular times for the surrounding communities.
After conversations with community partners and First Nations leaders, monthly payments were set up with a variety of organizations throughout the region to assist with meeting essential needs. As many people lost their income, food banks, such as the Kitimat Food Bank and the regional Salvation Armies, had an increased demand, and the Gitanmaax Soup Bowl started handing out twice the number of warm lunches than before. Homeschooling was another challenge for families which left them looking for ways to entertain and educate their children. The Tahltan community of Dease Lake used our donation to purchase art supplies that were distributed among their members. When COVID hit some of the smaller communities and they were scrambling for personal protective equipment and sanitizers, our warehouse team in Smithers managed to leverage their contacts and resources to purchase and donate the necessary supplies.
The Brucejack Mine was able to continue operating safely throughout the year largely due to the support from and ongoing communication with the local communities and we were happy to be able to give back.