De Beers Group is proud to announce that 213 computers are being distributed to nine schools in six Northwest Territories (NWT) communities as part of the company’s ongoing response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, eight iPad mini tablets are being provided to the Deninu Kué First Nation in Fort Resolution to help elders in the community remain connected to families and friends while they are isolated at home.
Kelly Brenton, Social Performance Manager at Gahcho Kué Mine, said: “Education is a cornerstone of De Beers Group’s commitment to Building Forever in the NWT because learning and literacy are integral to healthy, successful communities. These additional computers will help even more students be able to access online courses and continue remote learning as the pandemic continues into 2021.”
The additional computers are being provided to schools in the following communities and schools:
- Yellowknife: École Sir John Franklin High School, Yellowknife Education District #1 Route 51 Learning Institute, École St. Patrick High School, and École Allain St-Cyr
- Behchoko: Chief Jimmy Bruneau School
- Whati: Mezi Community School
- Gameti: Jean Wetrade School
- Lutsel K’e: Lutsel K’e Dene School
- Ndilo: Kalemi Dene School
Todd Stewart, Principal of École St. Patrick High School in Yellowknife: “Thank you to De Beers for continuing to support our students through the donation of 40 computers. They will be used to support students who may not otherwise have access and to further eliminate any barriers that may impede students’ success in school. Additionally, they are so important during this pandemic, as we are asked to limit the distribution of paper.”
The Chromebook laptop computers and tablets were purchased thanks to a $100,000 contribution from the Anglo American Community Fund. The donation is in addition to 117 computers provided to seven Indigenous community schools in the NWT in August 2020. De Beers Group’s community response program has provided an estimated $275,000 worth of computers, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and food hampers in the NWT since March 2020.
Gahcho Kué Mine is located 280 km northeast of Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The mine is a joint venture between De Beers Group (51% – the operator) and Mountain Province Diamonds (49%).