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Lana Eagle and Felix Lee, PDAC First Vice President
Recipients of this award have demonstrated exceptional achievement and/or service in a Canadian Aboriginal-run service business for the Canadian mining industry or a Canadian Aboriginal exploration or mining company, or have made a significant individual contribution to the mineral industry.
Lana Eagle – For her contribution to Canada’s mining industry by working diligently to bridge the divide between Indigenous communities and both junior and major companies
Lana Eagle is a member of the Whitecap Dakota Nation in Saskatchewan who has devoted her career to building relationships between the mining industry and Indigenous communities. She is the driving force behind the Association for Mineral Exploration’s (AME) Gathering Place, where industry and Indigenous representatives meet to forge common ground, and donates her time to several other industry organizations.
Lana developed a profound understanding of the complexities and challenges facing both mining companies and Indigenous people when, as chair of Electra Gold, she negotiated with and gained support from First Nations communities to secure a coal licence on Vancouver Island.
She went on to become an independent consultant, using her gift for constructive dialogue to bring companies and communities together to discuss challenges, share success stories, and develop joint opportunities.
Lana’s volunteer work is multi-faceted. She serves as chair of AME’s Aboriginal committee, and in 2017 became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to its board. She is a program advisor to British Columbia’s Institute of Technology, serves on CIM’s diversity and inclusion advisory committee, and is Vice-President of CIM’s Western district.
Lana has participated in several panels on the topic of Indigenous engagement and reconciliation and has advised government agencies at both the federal and provincial levels. She is in high demand as a speaker and lecturer and as a mentor to Indigenous youth either participating or interested in the mineral sector.
Along with Cornell University’s John Thompson, Lana is co-chairing the Resources for Future Generations 2018 conference dedicated to addressing the long-term availability of resources.
Her energy and enthusiasm for the sector and deep well of knowledge about Aboriginal issues is encouraging Indigenous people from Canada and around the world to participate in the inaugural conference in Vancouver.