CHIBOUGAMAU, QC, May 27, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On May 30th, 31st, and June 1st 2011, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM),
section Chapais-Chibougamau, in collaboration with the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Wildlife (MNRW) of Northern Quebec, the Bureau
d'exploration géologique du Québec (Géologie Québec), Développement
Chibougamau, the Cree Nation of Mistissini and the Conférence régionale
des élus de la Baie-James, are organizing a major mining symposium to
be held in Chibougamau (May 30th and 31st) and in Mistissini (on June 1st). The objective of this symposium is to make the wide region of James
Bay known and to promote its extraordinary mineral potential.
The close collaboration between the Cree and James Bay residents to hold
such an event shows a common will to work together to develop this vast
territory while respecting the different cultures of each community.
The James Bay Mining Symposium 2011 is in line with the present
enthusiasm for the region's mineral resources and the implementation of
the Plan Nord. To this day, more than 250 people from the mining industry and from the
different communities and agencies of the territory have already
registered for the symposium.
Under the honorary chairmanship of Mrs. Manon Cyr, Mayor of Chibougamau
and Mr. Richard Shecapio, Chief of the Cree Nation of Mistissini and
the participation of noted speakers such as M. Serge Simard, Minister
for Natural Resources and Wildlife, and Mr. Matthew Coon Come, Grand
Chief of the Grand Council of the Cree, the symposium will put emphasis
on new data and the most recent interpretations concerning the
geological context regarding five areas of interest on the James Bay
territory which are most favourable for the usual metal deposits
(copper and zinc) precious (gold and silver) and rare metals (lithium
and rare earth elements) and also iron, uranium and diamond. The social
acceptance of mining projects will be broached from the Cree, the
James-Bay residents and the mining industry's point of view. Finally,
Transports Québec will present the status of the project concerning the
extension of provincial route 167 north towards the Otish Mountains as
announced in the Plan Nord, and conferences will allow the Cree communities to make their services
and visions known.
The program and conference summaries of the James Bay Mining Symposium
2011 are available at http://www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/mines/quebec-mines/2011-03/symposium.asp. The organizing committee also wishes to thank its financial partners
without whom this event could not have been held.
SOURCE Conférence régionale des élus de la Baie-James
For further information:
Patrick Houle, ICM Chapais-Chibougamau; tel. : 418 748-2647 extension 251
Stéphane Mckenzie, CRÉBJ; tel. : 819 739-8547