MNO James Bay/Abitbi-Témiskamingue Consultation Committee tour mine

Submitted by: Kirk Fournier, MNO Employment Developer

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MNO James Bay/Abitbi-Temiskamingue Consultation
Committee and MNO staff during their site visit of the
Detour Gold Mine near Cochrane, Ontario.

On September 16, 2014, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) James Bay/Abitbi-Temiskamingue Consultation Committee as well as MNO staff were invited for a site visit to Detour Gold Mine, located roughly 250 kilometres from the town of Cochrane, Ontario.

For many committee members, it was a first time visit to this impressive remote mining camp.  For others, it had been a number of years since visiting.  All participants were impressed with all the mine had to offer.

The MNO has an Impact Benefit Agreement with Detour Gold that has yielded many positive outcomes for both parties.  Through employment and training, the Detour Gold Agreement has offered financial contributions that will be used to enhance Métis presence within the mining industry.  Also, negotiated funds have led to Traditional Knowledge projects that help enhance and deepen the story of Métis history and culture in this province.

One of the major topics of discussion was the environmental impacts that Detour Gold has on the surrounding land as well as their reclamation process once the mine closes.  Detour Gold demonstrated their commitment to keeping their environmental footprint small as well as follows all government regulations to insure the land and ecosystem can flourish post mining camp.

Leonard Rickard, Detour Gold Aboriginal Affairs Manager, lead the tour.  Region 3 PCMNO Representative Marcel Lafrance presented Rickard with a copy of the MNO Values and Traditions of our Ancestors publication.

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