If all goes well, there could be an open-pit gold mine near Gogama by the year 2021. And the project manager with IAMGOLD credits their progress to careful planning, doing their due diligence, and successful negotiations with neighbouring communities.
Steven Bowles gave a presentation on the progress of the project at the monthly Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Institute of Mining on March 22 at Dynamic Earth.
He told a packed house the company and its partner Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., are pleased with their progress and findings and are getting a lot of interest from companies hoping to be a part of the project.
His talk on the Côté Project started with the company’s mandate to be a world leader in health in safety. “We have a zero harm policy,” he said. “We want to develop a mindset where health and safety are our core values and we apply that in not only our work but in everything we do.”
He was quick to also thank the leaders of Mattagami and Flying Post First Nations for their support in moving the project along and having constructive negotiations. They are also involved in consultation with the Metis Nation of Ontario.
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