Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) join forces to work on improving First Nations economies with signing of Memorandum of Understanding at PDAC Convention



    OTTAWA, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ - AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and
Patricia Dillon, President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of
Canada (PDAC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at the PDAC
annual convention in Toronto for the purposes of working together to improve
the lives and local economies of First Nations.
    This historic initiative comes after a very well-received keynote address
to the PDAC by the National Chief last October. The AFN and the Mining
Association of Canada (MAC) also signed a Letter of Intent last November to
work towards a Memorandum of Understanding in the AFN Corporate Challenge.
    "In resource development, First Nations and the mining community are
natural partners," said National Chief Fontaine. "Developing a new partnership
between the AFN and PDAC will complement and enhance the growing relationships
between First Nations and Canada's major mining companies."
    Patricia Dillon, President of the Prospectors and Developers Association
of Canada, stated: "The deliberations and discussions leading up to the
signing of this MOU have been undertaken with much goodwill on both sides.
This historic document formalizes a relationship that has been flourishing for
some time and lays a framework for the mineral industry to work cooperatively
with First Nations and aboriginal communities."
    The AFN Corporate Challenge program creates partnerships with corporate
Canada to increase investments, procurement and employment opportunities for
First Nations.
    "The resource sector is booming in Canada and First Nations will be key
players in the years and decades to come," added the National Chief. "We want
to work together towards greater certainty and sustainable mining developments
that will contribute significantly to the economic, social and environmental
well-being of First Nations."

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Bryan Hendry, AFN Economic
Development, Cell: (613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca; Philip Bousquet, Director,
Sustainability, PDAC, (647) 338-5667


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