Maximizing Our Principle Community Benefits From Mining The economic benefits for workers and communities from mining exploration, development, and operations are maximized when these activities are planned carefully, taking into account both direct and indirect impacts. Our Goals To produce the maximum practicable socio-economic benefits of mining for communities. To minimize the consequences of mine closure on workers and communities by fully integrating plans for the life cycle of mining operations into the economic development plans of mining-dependent communities. To reduce any negative social, economic, and labour relations consequences of long-distance commuting to mining operations, and to address fly-over effects of long-distance commuting.
Aboriginal Lands Our Principle and Resources Aboriginal peoples have rights protected under the Constitution Act, 1982, which include, among others, rights to lands and resources. Our Goals With a view to providing a more certain climate for mineral exploration and development, so ensure that: - Aboriginal land claims are settled expeditiously, efficiently, and fairly; - the structure for negotiations is well defined and clearly understood; - the negotiation process is supported by adequate resources; and, - third-party rights relating to land and resources are recognized and referenced in land-claim agreements. To develop and maintain enhanced communications between the mining industry and other stakeholders and Aboriginal groups concerning the status of negotiations and, in the post-settlement period, an explanation of the rights and obligations established under any land claim and related agreements. To have timely, consistent, dependable, and simple rules and processes for resource development in claims-settlement areas and in post-settlement mechanisms where such development is desired by an Aboriginal community. To establish in claim settlements simple and effective regulatory regimes governing land use and environmental management. To develop interim business agreements and/or participation agreements between the mining industry and affected Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal Our Principle Involvement in the Mining Industry Aboriginal peoples are entitled to opportunities to participate fully in mineral development at all stages of mining and associated industries and at all employment levels. Our Goals To remove the barriers -- real and artificial -- to education, work place, and business opportunities that often prevent Aboriginal peoples from maximizing benefits from the mining industry. To allow increased participation of Aboriginal peoples in all parts of the mining industry, including direct employment and related economic or business opportunities. To allow the mining industry, Aboriginal peoples, and other interested stakeholders to develop formalized partner relatonships in which there is a better awareness of respective issues, needs, and concerns, and a higher level of mutual understanding. To support policies, legislation, and agreements that encourage growth in business relationships between the mining industry and Aboriginal communities. To ensure regular and open consultations between exploration companies and mine developers, and Aboriginal communities, and to ensure that the Aboriginal communities are involved in decision-making processes that concern exploration, infrastructure development, mine development, and reclamation. To remove any impediments in the Indian Act and the Indian Mining Regulations, in provincial and territorial legislation, in federal provincial agreements, or under development policies, to full participation of Aboriginal peoples in economic opportunities in mining and related businesses.
Open Our Principle Decision-Making Processes Decisions are improved when reached through open, transparent, timely, and well-defined processes with meaningful and responsible participation by stakeholders. Our Goals To expand the opportunity for meaningful and responsible participation by governments, the mining industry, employees and their representatives, Aboriginal peoples, the environmental community, and local communities in decision-making processes that affect the public interest. To ensure that stakeholders have access to necessary information and, within clearly established cnteria; resources that enable them to participate. To enhance public trust in decision-making processes by ensunng that stakeholder viewpoints are fairly heard and considered.