The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

July 24, 2009 12:22 ET

Mining Association of BC Offers Congratulations and Support to New AFN Chief

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) - The election of a new National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations marks a new chapter in Canadian history. The Mining Association of BC offers its best wishes to Chief Shawn a-in-chut Atleo on his victory after what can only be described as an exhausting voting process. "The road ahead as National Chief will not be an easy one," said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC. "But Chief Atleo has proven that he is up to big challenges here in BC. He has earned our respect, and we offer him our sincerest congratulations and support."

Mr. Gratton pointed out that, "Chief Atleo has played a key role in building a stronger relationship between the mining industry and First Nations in BC. We hope the goodwill and mutual understanding between our industry and First Nations that has been developed will be taken to the national stage. Working together, mining can be translated into meaningful economic opportunities in communities."

Chief Atleo now has the Nation's attention and will turn his mind to the task of creating a unified vision for the future and moving forward on education, health and economic issues. "I know he is up for the challenge," said Zoe Carlson, VP, Corporate Affairs at the Mining Association of BC. "With his family, his community, and many supporters across British Columbia, I hope he will be able to realize many of the hopes he has for Aboriginal people in Canada."

The long time former Chief Phil Fontaine has left some big shoes to fill. "I have respected and enjoyed working with Phil Fontaine in Ottawa. I wish to express my thanks for his many contributions, and extend my best wishes to him and his family in the years to come," said Mr. Gratton. He concluded that, "There are also very big shoes being left to fill here in BC with Chief Atleo's move. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Chief Atleo in his new role, and will look forward to welcoming a new BC Chief in the fall."

About the Mining Association of BC

The MABC is regarded as the predominant voice of BC's mining industry representing the collective needs and interests of operating coal, metal and industrial mineral mining companies.

Contact Information

  • Mining Association of British Columbia
    Zoe Carlson
    1-604-681-4321, ext. 116
    604-681-5305 (FAX)