North of 60 Project
April 3, 2017
a project of St Vincent de Paul National Council
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Last year your National Council moved to have all Regions support
the peoples of the Arctic and the "North of 60 Project" became a National initiative.
Tuktoyaktuk was the first Northern Community that the Society started to support.
The presence of Sister Fay Trombley at Our Lady of Grace Church, and her work with Community Leaders over several years, allowed for the start of a St Vincent de Paul Community food and clothing distribution centre. The next venture was with the help of Sister Dorica Sever in Gjoa Haven. Food is stored, repacked into weekly hampers and distributed to those in need in this Community. Clothing and household items are also distributed.
Three years ago we added Paulatuk to the list of communities supported by SSVP. We are supporting the Community in the restoration of the old mission house building (built in 1935) which once served as a small trading post and Pauatuk's religious Centre. This will demonstrate SSVP's plan for long term Community support.
An update ....
This project is expanding by beginning to ship containers to the North via The Royal Canadian Coast Guard at Esquimalt. The 1st shipment will be leaving Esquimalt in June. Pray for the success of this mission and for its continued growth.
The BCYRC [BC Yukon Regional Council] is exploring the possibility of adapting this project for services to the Yukon Territory.