Funding is in place and a coordinator is being hired for the Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North-East Ontario, bringing the launch of the initiative closer to fruition.
Announced by the Waubetek Business Development Corp. in 2015, the three-year strategy outlines four strategic areas: developing Aboriginal mining industry knowledge; building mining industry relations; engaging a skilled Aboriginal workforce; and promoting Aboriginal business and partnerships.
The strategy’s goal, said Dawn Madahbee Leach, Waubetek’s general manager, is to help Aboriginal people become more involved in the mining industry. “It’s taken us a long time; it’s just been bumping back and forth to get some of the financial parts, but we finally did with some help from FedNor and the NOHFC,” said Madahbee Leach.
“Waubetek has a three-year project to implement the Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North-East Ontario, and so we’re really grateful that we finally have some funding approved for this.”
The organization put out a call for applications for the coordinator role in early February, and Madahbee Leach said the aim is to have the coordinator in position by early March. The coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of all facets of the strategy.