Baffinland Iron Mines Contributes $50,000 in Support of Re-opening Arctic Bay’s Tununirusiq Daycare

ARCTIC BAY, NU, August 28, 2019 –During a special event on Tuesday, August 27, President and CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, Brian Penney, contributed $50,000 to His Worship Frank May, Mayor of Arctic Bay, Nunavut to help support their plans to re-open the Tununirusiq Daycare in the Hamlet of Arctic Bay.

Many Arctic Bay parents and guardians cannot enter the workforce because there isn’t a place to keep their preschool children. His Worship Mayor May reached out to Baffinland for support in re-opening the Tununirusiq Daycare. 

“This donation from Baffinland will go a long way towards changing all of that,” said Mayor May. “It will give us the opportunity to re-open our doors and make plans for the Daycare. It will also help us begin establishing a foundation for an Early Childhood Resource Centre which would house both the Daycare and students from the Aboriginal Head Start Program.”

Mayor May acknowledged four Arctic Bay ladies: Ruth Oyukuluk, Julian Oyukuluk, Lena Qaunaq and Baffinland employee Natsiq Kango, who were the driving force behind re-establishing the Daycare.

The announcement was followed by a community feast where Martha Qaunaq, who originally opened the daycare in the early 2000s, recited a special prayer to kick-off the special event.

“Tununirusiq Daycare represents an important investment in Arctic Bay residents, including our very own Baffinland employees,” said Penney. “It embodies Baffinland’s ongoing support and development to the communities we operate in.”

About Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
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Baffinland Iron Mines
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