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Dear Dr. Kachanoski,
I read with interest the Gazette article titled Memorial in Labrador: a big presence in the Big Land (Feb. 22, 2012).

Since our company first became involved with Labrador, we have learned about its people, in particular the Innu and the Inuit people. Vale has forged partnerships with the communities adjacent to our operations, including initiatives aimed at promoting educational opportunities. Vale actively supports and encourages young people to stay in school and provides them with opportunities to acquire the skills they need to launch solid careers. To reward and encourage academic achievement, we established a scholarship program for Labrador Inuit and Innu high school students. Such initiatives are important in creating a workforce that spans generations. As you know, education has a value far beyond its benefits to industry. Educated citizens become both role models and leaders in their communities. Memorial's commitment to expand its presence in Labrador is welcome news.

I agree with your comment that there is incredible potential in Labrador and I know your renewed commitment to the Labrador Institute will be of benefit to everyone in Labrador.

Jason Simpson
General manager, Labrador operations
Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Ltd.