Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

February 28, 2014 12:13 ET

PDAC 2014 Convention Brings Aboriginal People and Mineral Industry Together

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 28, 2014) - The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is set to launch its annual Aboriginal Program at the PDAC 2014 Convention-from March 3 to 4-at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. New this year, the PDAC's Aboriginal Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility programs will be co-hosting a session on building relationships between exploration and mining companies and Aboriginal/Indigenous communities to highlight experiences and perspectives from Canada and around the world.

"The Aboriginal Program provides a platform to discuss how to foster mutually cooperative, respectful and successful relationships between Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry," says PDAC President Glenn Nolan. "The sessions bring Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal-owned companies together with the mineral industry to share experiences and learn more about working together successfully."

The program aims to help increase Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, promote mutually beneficial partnerships, and work toward prosperity for Aboriginal communities and their industry partners.

Aboriginal Forum: Building partnerships, sharing success

The forum on March 3 will showcase models for Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry and best practices in community engagement. This year's session will include presentations by Todd Russell from the NunatuKavut Community Council, and the Det'on Cho Corporation on building good relationships, strong partnerships and a shared path to prosperity. The event will end with a networking reception, sponsored by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, and is open to the public.

Examining Aboriginal issues in the mineral sector: The current landscape in Canada

This morning session on March 4 will feature a presentation that compares the different consultation policies across Canada, and an update on recent court decisions. The session will also include a presentation on the Métis landscape across Canada as it relates to the mineral sector.

Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry: Considerations and complexities

Caroline Burgess from the AMEC will present on socio-cultural impact assessments and a case history of on-reserve mining development in the afternoon session on March 4. The program will conclude with a panel presentation that will examine some of the challenges for Aboriginal recruitment and retention in the mineral sector.

For the full Aboriginal program agenda and list of speakers, click here.

Contact Information

  • Kathleen Napier
    Media Relations
    Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
    T: 416-362-1969 x 233