Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe First Nations will benefit from miner’s Borden Gold project
Goldcorp has signed an impact and benefit agreement (IBA) with three First Nations, marking a big step forward in the development of its Borden Gold project near the town of Chapleau. In a June 6 news release, the company said it had signed an agreement with the Indigenous communities of Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe First Nations.
The company said the agreement is the result of two years of negotiations with the three communities and marks a major milestone, as this is the first time the three First Nations are involved with a mining project.
Under the agreement, Goldcorp recognizes and respects the rights and interests these First Nations have around the Borden project site, and the three First Nation communities recognize and support Goldcorp’s rights and interests in the development and future operation of the mine.
The agreement also reflects Goldcorp’s commitment to protecting the environment and supporting Aboriginal social and cultural practices in a spirit of continued collaboration.
“Successful relationships are built on trust, mutual respect, meaningful engagement, and they require sincere commitment from all involved. I’m pleased with the work accomplished by the group and I feel very proud that Goldcorp is the first mining company to partner with the Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation communities,” said Marc Lauzier, mine general manager at Goldcorp’s Porcupine Gold Mines, in the release.