Treaties Part of the Mix to Sustain BC's Mining Renaissance
VANCOUVER, May 10 /CNW/ - Today, in an address to the Vancouver Board of
Trade, Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) President and CEO,
Pierre Gratton, called upon the federal government to recommit to the
BC Treaty Process.
"First Nations treaties are one of the best ways society has of
providing greater certainty on the land base, stimulating economic
investment and providing a vehicle for reconciliation with First
Nations," stated Gratton. "Though we have seen some progress such as
the recent Maanulth Treaty, the federal government's commitment to the
BC treaty-making process appears to have waned in recent years. MABC
joins First Nations in calling on the federal government to recommit to
In his final annual address to the Board of Trade before leaving
Vancouver to become President and CEO of the Mining Association of
Canada, Gratton spoke of the significant growth currently underway in
BC's mining sector. This growth, coined BC's Mining Renaissance, is
supported by significant expansions of existing mines, new major mine
developments and rising exploration. To sustain this activity over the
long-term, Gratton outlined a number of actions for governments,
industry and others to undertake, in addition to a renewed commitment
to the treaty process:
Industry can commit to initiatives such as Towards Sustainable Mining to
improve their sustainability performance, including how companies
engage with First Nations.
The Province can accelerate the implementation of resource revenue
sharing. Two agreements were signed last August, but nothing since.
Many more new mines and mine expansions are eligible.
Industry, governments and First Nations can build on and expand
initiatives like the Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA), a
federally-funded program that offers training and job experience for
First Nations mine workers.
"The BC mining sector has achieved so much in three years," concluded
Gratton. "We've emerged as a sector on which the Province and many BC
communities have pinned their hopes. Settling treaties, committing to
TSM, resource revenue sharing, and initiatives like the BC AMTA will
ensure BC's mining renaissance continues."
MABC represents companies involved in the exploration and development,
mining and smelting of minerals, metals, coal and industrial minerals
in British Columbia. MABC is the pre-eminent voice of mining in the
SOURCE Mining Association of BC
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