First Nations

In Canada, mines and potential mines often lie in or close to the traditional lands of First Nations people. When a mine is being considered or developed in such an area, important negotiations with First Nations are part of the process to ensure that their values, traditions and concerns for the land are respected. First Nations people can play a vital role as employees within the industry; therefore, opportunities for training and education are essential.  

Recent First Nations articles

Geotech drill rig on a project in the Golden Triangle in northwest B.C.
First Nations, British Columbia Tahltan Nation Development Corporation and Geotech—a partnership based on shared values

A partnership between Geotech Drilling Services Ltd. and the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation will bring enhanced drilling services to Northwest B.C.

by Jessica Kirby
Nalaine Morin, principal with ArrowBlade Consulting, works to bridge First Nations Traditional Knowledge with Western Science in development projects.
First Nations, British Columbia Rock Star: Nalaine Morin, EP

Nalaine Morin is recognized across Canada for her work in environmental assessment on behalf of First Nations.

by Jessica Kirby
Picture of person holding rock hammer.
Mining Insider, Exploration, First Nations, Mines, British Columbia Barkerville Gold Mines enters into relationship agreement with Lhtako Dene First Nation

The Relationship Agreement establishes the foundation for a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the two parties.

Picture of Highland Valley Copper Operations.
Mining Insider, First Nations, Mines, British Columbia Revenue-sharing agreement: Teck & Lower Nicola Indian Band

Under a revenue-sharing agreement with the Province, the Lower Nicola Indian Band will receive a share of the mineral tax on the mine.

On May 17, Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair and Don Lindsay, President and CEO of Teck marked the signing of an agreement that will create long-term benefits for the Ktunaxa people and increased certainty around future sustainable mining development in the Elk Valley region.
Mining Insider, Education, First Nations, Sustainability & environment, British Columbia Ktunaxa and Teck sign historic Impact Management and Benefits Agreement

The agreement will be implemented through three joint working groups with equal representation from the Ktunaxa Nation Council and Teck.

An airfield that was reclaimed.
First Nations, Sustainability & environment, British Columbia Huckleberry Mines wins award for mine reclamation

TRCR awarded Huckleberry Mines an award for its habitat compensation works

by Peter Caulfield
A head shot of Bob Joseph
Education, First Nations, Global Bob Joseph on resources, respect and relationships with Aboriginal Peoples

Bob Joseph founded Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. to help indigenous and non-indigenous people develop effective working relationships

by Kylie Williams
Picture of map and compass.
Mining Insider, Exploration, First Nations, Mines, British Columbia Land claims largest deterrent to mining investment in B.C.

77 per cent of respondents for B.C. said that uncertainty from disputed land claims was a deterrent to investment

Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, spoke at the chamber of commerce luncheon in Cranbrook, B.C., on March 1.
Mining Insider, First Nations, Minerals, Mines, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon Mining still strong

“Canada’s mining sector, while going through difficult times, remains strong and has a bright future.”—Pierre Gratton

by Marie Milner
Member of the Fort William First Nation housing project breaking ground.
First Nations, Ontario Thunder Bay joint venture with First Nation builds housing subdivision

A joint venture with True Grit Consulting and Fort William First Nation is close to completing the first part of a residential project.

by Peter Caulfield
Picture of mining equipment and trucks in an open field.
Mining Insider, First Nations, Mines, Sustainability & environment, British Columbia Murray River Coal project granted environmental assessment approval

The ministers have issued the certificate with legally-enforceable conditions in order to be in compliance with environmental regulations.

Picture of road worker in a ditch, shovelling dirt.
Mining Insider, Exploration, First Nations, Mines, Sustainability & environment, Yukon Kaminak announces new, Northern access road route to Coffee Project endorsed by First Nation

Part of Kaminak's ongoing feasibility study regarding the Coffee Project, an access route from the project to Dawson City has been selected.

Photo of the office of the Tahltan Development Corporation.
Mining Insider, First Nations, Mines, British Columbia TNDC and the Tahltan Nation invest in Imperial Metals

Imperial Metals Corporation owns the Red Chris Mine in Tahltan territory.

Mine crew celebrates safety at the Gibraltar Mine in this Taseko file photo
Mining Insider, First Nations, Mines, British Columbia Taseko and Soda Creek Indian Band Sign participation and cooperation agreement

The agreement reflects a commitment by the Parties to work together productively and harmoniously, in the spirit of good faith and cooperation.

Stan Szary with Onion Lake First Nation Chief Wallace Fox (l) and Yellowquill Chief Larry Cachene (r.)
First Nations, British Columbia, Saskatchewan Saturn Minerals’ unique approach to partnering with First Nations

Stan Szary, president and CEO of Vancouver-based Saturn Minerals, believes in "relationship first, business second"

by Kevin Miller
Departing flight over drill rig at the Back River gold project in Nunavut.
First Nations, Nunavut Sabina Gold & Silver and Kitikmeot Inuit Association announce new agreements

This deal advances the Back River gold project in Nunavut.

by Peter Caulfield
Tom Paddon on site.
First Nations, Mines, Nunavut Steering Baffinland’s Mary River Project

Tom Paddon and Baffinland Iron Mines are working with communities in Nunavut to bring the Mary River iron ore project into successful production.

by Jessica Kirby
Harold Calla is the executive chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board.
First Nations, British Columbia First Nations sought as equity partners

The federal government and the First Nations Financial Management Board are seeking First Nations as equity partners in resource projects in British Columbia.

by Tim Gardner
Robert Quartermain, the president and chief executive officer of Pretium Resources Inc.
First Nations, Minerals, Mines, Sustainability & environment, British Columbia Executive confident about gold mine’s development

Robert Quartermain of Pretium Resources believes the Brucejack gold mine will open in 2016.

by Tim Gardner
Guyed Y towers were flown in and erected on concrete footings along the NTL in northern B.C.
First Nations, Mines, Technology, British Columbia Bringing reliable power to northern BC

BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line, currently under construction, will benefit mining operations and northern communities.

by Jessica Kirby
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