Archive | Aboriginal and Inuit Mining

Increase in procurement from indigenous suppliers in Canadian mining sector: report – by Kylie Williams (CIM Magazine – February 2017)

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Indigenous involvement in the Canadian mining sector is growing. In 2015, an estimated 230 indigenous suppliers provided goods and services to mining operations, according to a Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) report, and 40 per cent of all indigenous businesses were working in mining or extraction, up from 13 per cent in 2010.

The report, produced by the CCAB and Engineers Without Borders Canada’s (EWB) Mining Shared Value initiative and released in late November, made several recommendations to increase these numbers further.

The report documents the range of working relationships between mining companies, indigenous entrepreneurs and aboriginal economic development corporations (AEDCs) across Canada, from joint-venture partnerships and impact and benefit agreements, to maintaining and promoting indigenous supplier directories in key mining districts. Continue Reading →

Agnico Eagle presses the start button on two new Nunavut mines – by Jim Bell (Nunatsiaq News – February 16, 2017)

Company will invest US $1.2 billion on construction at Meliadine, Amaruq

After 10 years in Nunavut, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will invest more than $1.2 billion to construct two new Kivalliq region gold mines that will likely produce local jobs and contract opportunities for many more years to come.

The company pressed the start button Feb. 15 on its long-awaited Meliadine mine near Rankin Inlet and its proposed satellite mine at Amaruq near the company’s existing operation at Meadowbank, which is nearing the end of its life.

To do that, they’ll invest US$900 million between now and 2019 to construct Meliadine and about US$330 million to bring the Amaruq deposit into commercial production, with the expectation that they can start shipping gold from each project by the third quarter of 2019. Continue Reading →

Agnico to Invest $1.2 Billion in Gold Projects in Canada’s North – by Danielle Bochove (Bloomberg News – February 15, 2017)

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. plans to invest more than $1.2 billion in Canada’s subarctic in the next three years as it builds one new mine and expands another.

North America’s fourth-largest gold miner by market value is moving ahead with plans to develop its Meliadine project and a deposit near its Meadowbank mine in Nunavut, the company said Wednesday in its fourth-quarter earnings statement. The decision will boost Agnico’s gold production to 2 million ounces a year by 2020, about 20 percent more than last year’s output of 1.66 million ounces.

“This is very much low-risk, high-quality growth because it’s an extension of what we’ve been doing for the last many, many years,” Chief Executive Officer Sean Boyd said in an interview at the company’s Toronto offices. Continue Reading →

No ‘one point of view’ for natives and mining – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – February 16, 2017)

From person to person, chief to chief, council to council and community to community, there’s a broad range of opinions and perspectives among indigenous people when it comes to mining in and around their communities.

“Mining is such a hot topic in First Nations communities and across Canada, it has long-ranging effects on everybody, whether you live on reserve or off reserve – economic, political, social and environmental,” said Mike Hankard, assistant professor and chair in the department of indigenous studies at the University of Sudbury.

Hankard hopes to touch on those topics with Indigenous Peoples and Mining: Exploring Relations into the Future, a panel discussion at the university’s Canisius Hall on March 1. Panel members include Maurice Switzer, Lorraine Rekmans, Cheryl Recollet, Ugo Lapointe, Dana Sasarean and Denis Lefebvre. Continue Reading →

Sisson mine owners see share price climb 56% in weeks before Maliseet deal – by Robert Jones (CBC News New Brunswick – February 15, 2017)

New Brunswick government says deal was announced as soon as possible after being confirmed by First Nations

Northcliff Resources Ltd., the Vancouver-based firm behind the proposed tungsten–molybdenum open pit mine and processing facility outside Stanley saw its stock price jump 56 per cent between Dec. 15 and Feb. 9, according to Toronto Stock Exchange trading archives.

The price escalation began roughly at the same time the province and Maliseet First Nation communities came to a deal about the mine.

“It was in December, mid–December — around early to mid–December,” said Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation about when she and five other chiefs agreed not to oppose the mine in exchange for a deal with the province on tax sharing on gasoline and tobacco sales. Bernard said documents formalizing the December agreements were then signed on Jan. 31. Continue Reading →

Northern Prospectors Association expects challenges in 2017 (Kirkland Lake Northern News – February 15, 2017)

KIRKLAND LAKE – The Northern Prospectors Association recently held its annual general meeting. During the meeting Association President Gino Chitaroni gave a speech which reviewed 2016. Chitaroni stated it was an up and down year for the mining industry.

“Exploration expenditures are once again down in 2016 making this current bear cycle going on to 6 years. Its nothing short of brutal. Yet, there has been one good news story, in another tough year for exploration, and that is the “Cobalt Rush” that has been happening in the Cobalt Mining Camp. This rush has not been seen in the Cobalt Camp since the Silver discovery in Cobalt of 1903 which has resulted in a renaissance of property acquisitions and exploration from Temagami to Elk Lake, in and around the Town of Cobalt spilling over into Quebec, and over to Gowganda-Shining Tree areas right down to the northern outskirts of Sudbury.”

From the political side, Chitaroni had very few good things to say about Premier Wynne “from the possible roll out of Map Staking by MNDM to pushing for changes to streamline the process for plans and permits for exploration; to staving off hostile advances against exploration beit the Cariboo Story of negativity regarding exploration to the Carbon Tax assault on our industry and all business. Continue Reading →

Road to the Ring of Fire – by Marilyn Scales (Canadian Mining Journal – February/March 2017)

Noront is eager to begin development at Eagle’s Nest, the first of many mines

Spirits were high in March 2015 when the Ontario government announced at the PDAC it was moving forward with an allweather road into the Ring of Fire. Here we are almost two years later, and what do we have for the more than $750,000 in tax dollars that were spent? The answer: Not much. The province has consulted with various First Nations who would welcome a road. It has yet to announce a plan, route or schedule for construction.

Seeing the politicians make a decision and actually build a road is the one thing Alan Coutts, president and CEO of Noront Resources, says is vital to get the Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium development under way. The company discovered the deposit in 2007 and sparked a staking rush that made the Ring of Fire the most written about new camp since Hemlo.

The Ring of Fire lies about 500 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont. The area is centred on McFaulds Lake on the edge of the James Bay Lowlands. As many as nine First Nations may be impacted by mineral development, making consultation complex. Continue Reading →

[New Brunswick mining] 6 Maliseet First Nations agree to Sisson mine deal – by Alan White (CBC News New Brunswick – February 10, 2017)

Agreement will see First Nations share in millions of dollars a year in royalties from $579M mine

The six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick have reached a multimillion-dollar financial deal with the provincial government that clears the way for the Sisson mine project north of Fredericton to proceed.

Under the accommodation agreement announced Friday, the six First Nations — St. Mary’s, Woodstock, Oromocto, Tobique, Kingsclear and Madawaska — will receive 9.8 per cent of provincial revenue generated from the metallic mineral tax. The six First Nations will share in:

  • $3 million upon federal environmental approval of the mine.
  • 35 per cent of the first $2 million the province receives in royalties each year.
  • 3.5 per cent of annual royalties above $2 million. Continue Reading →

Survey praises Canadian Arctic companies for respecting indigenous rights – by Bob Weber (Canadian Press/680 News – February 10, 2017)

An international survey on resource development in the Arctic has ranked Canadian companies among the highest in the world for their policies on respecting indigenous rights.

A report from a member of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs says that four of the top 10 companies operating north of the Arctic Circle are Canadian. They include miners such as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.a) and energy majors such as Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO).

“Companies operating in Canada and the U.S. do score very well,” said Indra Overland, the political scientist who heads the energy department for the institute, one of Norway’s most prominent think tanks. Continue Reading →

OPINION: Letting diamond mine go won’t help Attawapiskat’s community crisis – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – February 7, 2017)

No one begrudges the political administration in Attawapiskat First Nation for placing a high priority on youth suicides in their community. But surely, community leaders can put two and two together and see a connection between limited economic prosperity and an absence of hope among their youth.

During the height of the suicide crisis last year, the lack of adequate mental health services for youth on First Nations in the North was identified as a key problem. Yet, there is only so much enhanced mental health services can offer.

Real hope comes from available opportunities to fulfil life’s goals. Living in an environment of despair, surrounded by drug abuse and unemployment isn’t likely to fuel confidence that the ripening fruits of adulthood are worth waiting for. Continue Reading →

De Beers shelves Northern Ontario’s Tango extension – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – February 7, 2017)

ATTAWAPISKAT – Plans for an expansion of the Victor diamond mine north of Timmins have been put on indefinite hold by De Beers Canada after the mining company failed to get the support for the project it was seeking from the Attawapiskat First Nation.

The Tango Extension, as the project was called, would have allowed the Victor Mine to continue producing diamonds past its expected closure at the end of 2018. However, despite the company’s efforts, the First Nation’s government, headed by Chief Ignace Gull, never warmed to the project.

Tom Ormsby, De Beers’ head of external and corporate affairs, put a positive spin on the company’s decision to put the Tango Extension aside by saying it was a “refocusing of priorities.” Instead of continuing to work towards making the Tango Extension a reality, De Beers hopes to make use of the leftover low-grade ore that has already been mined. Continue Reading →

Lacking local support, De Beers shelves Ontario diamond mine expansion – by Susan Taylor (Globe and Mail/Reuter – February 6, 2017)

TORONTO — De Beers is shelving immediate plans to study an expansion project at a remote northern Ontario diamond mine after failing to get support from a neighboring aboriginal community, a “disappointing” setback for the world’s top diamond producer, the mine’s manager said.

The isolated Victor mine in the James Bay lowlands produces some 600 carats of diamonds annually and is scheduled to stop production in late 2018 and close in early 2019, De Beers Canada general manager James Kirby told Reuters late last week.

The nearby Tango deposit could have added five or six years, but assessment work will not proceed without formal support from the First Nation of Attawapiskat, 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of the mine, Kirby added. Continue Reading →

First Nations monitor mining case – by Monica Lamb-Yorski (Williams Lake Tribune – February 2, 2017)

A van load of chiefs and elders from two Tsilhqot’in communities are in Vancouver to attend a BC Supreme Court civil claim concerning the Taseko Mines Ltd.’s New Prosperity Mine project.

In its lawsuit, Taseko claims the Government of Canada and its agents failed to meet the legal duties owed to Taseko and in doing so they caused and continue to cause damages, expenses and loss to the company.

When the company filed the civil claim a year ago, Taseko’s president and CEO Russell Hallbaurer said given the conduct of the Government of Canada and its agents, Taseko had no other choice but to defend the interests of its shareholders and to protect their assets. Continue Reading →

Quebec suspends Copper One claims – by Staff (Mining Journal – January 31, 2017)

A legal stoush is brewing since the government of Quebec last week suspended Copper One’s (CN:CUO) Rivière Doré claims in the Lac Barrière area near Val-d’Or.

Quebec’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MERN) issued a statement last week announcing it would suspend Copper One’s claims, prompting the company to “pursue all its legal rights”.

The company said it was “very surprised” by the timing of events, having received MERN’s draft notice of suspension on January 20, granting 15 days to comment. However, MERN announced the official suspension on January 26.

Copper One president and CEO Scott Moore said it appeared MERN’s action was due to a press conference held by members of the Algonquins of Barrière Lake (ABL) denouncing Quebec’s Mining Act as illegal and unconstitutional. Continue Reading →

Detour Gold to delay mining at West Detour project – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – January 31, 2017)

Detour Gold said the start of mining at its West Detour project would be delayed due to the expected wait time for the completion of a federal environmental assessment process.

In a news release, the company said it had filed an environmental study report with the province on Jan. 30, which it believed met the requirements of the provincial and federal environmental assessment process.

Detour later found out its Indigenous partners have requested an additional federal environmental assessment process, which the company anticipates will take between two and three years to complete. Continue Reading →