First Nation takes proactive approach with mining companies – by Jonathan Migneault (Northern Ontario Business – March 10, 2014)
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Wahnapitae First Nation has taken a proactive approach to promote environmental sustainability in its dealings with mining companies like Vale, Glencore and KGHM. Since the early 1990s, the First Nation, located northeast of Sudbury, has worked to develop relationships with mining industry partners.
Cheryl Recollet, Wahnapitae First Nation’s environmental coordinator, said her department has developed in-house capacity over the past 15 years to conduct environmental assessments for mining companies who work near their reserve boundaries.
In 2012, Wahnapitae First Nation’s sustainable development department founded Tahgaiwinini Technical and Environmental Services Group. The company has four technicians and two advisers on staff, who provide mining companies with a variety of environmental management services.
The technicians are trained to use geographical information systems to map the low of groundwater, plumes of air pollution, and provide information on the First Nation’s territory, species at risk, and traditional hunting territory. Read the rest of this entry »