Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

July 19, 2012 11:22 ET

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Welcomes Re-election of Shawn Atleo as AFN National Chief

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 19, 2012) - The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) congratulates Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his re-election to the Office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as decided in a majority vote at the AFN's Annual General Assembly on Wednesday. Mr. Atleo has served as National Chief of the AFN since July 2009.

"Mr. Atleo's leadership has served the AFN well over the past three years. We look forward to continuing to work with him and the AFN to foster the relationship between the mineral industry and First Nations people," says PDAC President Glenn Nolan.

In March 2008, the PDAC signed an historic MOU with the AFN and has since embarked on initiatives that reflect the commitments made under the MOU; these include participating in regular dialogue with the AFN and First Nations communities, supporting training and education initiatives, and advocating on public policy issues that affect First Nations people.

"The MOU and the resulting relationship that has been cultivated between the PDAC and the AFN demonstrates the importance of the mineral industry working collaboratively with First Nation communities," says Mr. Nolan. "We believe there are great possibilities that exist for this relationship moving forward."

The PDAC promotes greater participation by Aboriginal people in the mineral industry as well as greater understanding and co-operation between Aboriginal communities and mineral exploration and mining companies. Through its programs, conference activities and research initiatives, the PDAC encourages partnerships and increased mutual understanding between industry and Aboriginal peoples.

About the PDAC

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry. The PDAC has over 10,000 individual and corporate members.

Contact Information

  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
    Carolyn Foster
    Communications Specialist
    416.362.1969 x233
    cfoster@pdac.ca