AuRico Gold, First Nations ink impact benefit accord – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – May 19, 2017)

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VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – TSX-listed AuRico Metals and First Nations surrounding the Kemess underground project have signed an impact benefits agreement (IBA) for the Kemess underground project, in British Columbia, solidifying local relationships and ensuring the project provides economic opportunities and benefits to the region and local stakeholders.

Toronto-based AuRico signed the IBA with the Takla Lake, Tsay Keh Dene and Kwadacha First Nations, who are together called the Tse Keh Nay (TKN) – an alliance of three Sekani First Nations.

The IBA provides a framework that formalises the long-term cooperative relationship between AuRico and the TKN First Nations over the life of the project. The IBA captures the mutual commitment to consult and maintain an open, respectful and cooperative relationship throughout the development and operation of the Kemess underground project.

The IBA further provides for meaningful TKN participation in the project through training, employment, business opportunities, environmental protection and other means.

“In order to celebrate the success we have achieved today, we must look back to the path that got us here. The original plan for Kemess North was to use Amazay Lake as a tailings pond. It was through our struggles to protect that sacred lake that the Tsay Keh Nay alliance was reunited and strengthened.

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