Sitting from left to right: Juliette Denis, PCMNO Regional
Councillor for Region 5, France Picotte, Chair of the Métis
Nation of Ontario and Robert Nowak, Deputy Project
Manager for the KGHMI Victoria Mine Project. Standing
from left to right: Nelson Montreuil, President of the
MNO Mattawa Métis Council, Richard Sarazin, President
of the MNO Sudbury Métis Council and Region 5 Captain
of the Hunt and Marc Laurin, President of the MNO North
Bay Métis Council.
Sudbury, Canada, September 2, 2015 – The Métis Nation of Ontario (“MNO”) and KGHM International Ltd. (“KGHMI”) are pleased to announce that they have formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to guide their working relationship with regards to the development of the Victoria Project (the “Project”) in Sudbury Ontario.
“This agreement is very important to the Métis people,” explained MNO Chair, France Picotte “because it guarantees that Métis rights will be protected and the Métis Way of Life in the Sudbury area is being respected. We are pleased to continue working with KGHM. Agreements like this one are another benefit that we see coming from the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, which was first signed in 2008 and renewed this past year,” she added.
Ian Horne, Community and Permitting Manager of KGHMI added: “We have been consulting with the Métis Nation on the planning and development of the Victoria Project, since 2010. One of their key goals was to undertake a Traditional Knowledge and Land Use (TKLU) study of the project area before any significant development occurred. This study is currently underway and we look forward to integrating the knowledge gained into our project plan going forward.”
The MOU sets out the way in which the local Métis community, as represented by the MNO’s Mattawa/ Lake Nipissing Consultation Committee will be consulted regarding the development of the Project and details how the parties will work together to address any potential impacts the Project may have on Métis rights, interests and way of life. The MOU demonstrates KGHMI’s commitment to continue to collaborate and consult with the surrounding community to build long-lasting positive relationships.
MNO Regional Councilor Juliette S. Denis, Chair of the Mattawa/Lake Nipissing Consultation Committee, commented: “Our community is very proud of the relationship that we have built with KGHM. We see this relationship as an opportunity to foster new collaborations while working together to protect our traditional values and way of life. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with KGHM as their project progresses.”
KGHM is a global company that employees 34,000 people around the world and has been a leader in copper and silver production for more than 50 years. KGHM International Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of KGHM Polska Mied? S.A., operates mines in Canada, the USA and Chile and is actively advancing the Victoria project, in Sudbury, Ontario, and the Ajax project in Kamloops, British Columbia. The Sierra Gorda mine located in Region II, Chile, commenced production in 2014 marking an important milestone for the company as one of the largest copper and molybdenum mines in the world. www.kghm.com