The two parties will work together to supply northern Ontario gold mines on Missanabie Cree territory
Würth Canada, headquartered in Guelph, has signed an important agreement with the northern Ontario community of Missanabie Cree First Nation. The First Nation, with traditional lands located about 400 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie, has agreements with two private mining companies with operations on those lands.
Chief Jason Gauthier said during an agreement signing event Thursday at Würth’s 345 Hanlon Creek Boulevard location, that the First Nation has agreements to provide services and personnel on some aspects of those mining operations. To meet those obligations, Missanabie Cree has partnered with Würth as a supplier.
The signing included a prayer of thanksgiving, and a gift of tobacco to the Indigenous visitors. Würth is an international company with 70,000 employees worldwide. In 2013, the company had $14 billion in sales. Its Canadian arm was founded in 1971. The company supplies a wide range of products for the automotive, trucking, and industrial sectors, including tools, electrical wiring components, chemicals, fasteners, and abrasives.
The agreement between Würth and Missanabie Cree First Nation, officials said, is about more than mutual economic benefit. It is also rooted in shared values, Würth Canada CEO and president Ernie Sweeney said.
Among those are honesty, fairness and mutual respect, he said. He added that the partnership is expected to be a growing one. Missanabie Cree conducted careful research on Würth and liked what it saw, Gauthier indicated.