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Canadian Pacific is donating $1 million to three organizations to support the people of Minneapolis, home to the Class I's U.S. operations, as well as support meaningful positive change nationally.
The donation is being given in response to ongoing social unrest and social injustice in the United States, CP officials said in a press release.
"George Floyd's death is shocking and heartbreaking, and serves as proof that society as whole still has so much work to do," said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. "With our U.S. operations running out of Minneapolis, it is our responsibility to support our employees, neighbors and friends throughout Minnesota and beyond."
Floyd died May 25 after he was arrested and then pinned to the ground by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who used his knee on Floyd's neck. The incident was recorded on video and led to protests throughout last week and early this week. Chauvin was subsequently fired and has been charged in Floyd's death.
The three organizations that will receive the CP funds are the Lake Street Council, East Side Neighborhood Services and Equal Justice Initiative. The charities not only support people in local areas, but also help others in the United States who work to restore and rebuild following social unrest.
"To effect change, we have to redouble our efforts on diversity and equality, and as a company working together we are committed to doing so," said Creel.