MAC and AFN to Develop New Partnership



    OTTAWA, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Assembly of First Nations and The
Mining Association of Canada today signed a Letter of Intent to enter into a
partnership for the purposes of collaborating in such areas as joint advocacy
on federal consultation policy and land claims resolution, human resource
development and land use planning.
    This historic initiative comes after months of discussion between the two
organizations and builds upon the partnerships between individual companies
and communities of both organizations. The Letter of Intent will lead to a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations and will
contribute to increased First Nations participation in Canada's mining
industry.
    "In resource development, First Nations and the mining community are
natural partners," stated Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the AFN.
"Developing a new partnership between the AFN and MAC will complement and
enhance the growing relationships between First Nations and Canada's major
mining companies. We will create a forum for true collaboration towards
greater certainty and sustainable mining developments that will contribute
significantly to the economic, social and environmental well-being of First
Nations."
    "Canada's mining industry is the largest private sector employer of
Aboriginal people," noted Peter R. Jones, MAC Chairman and President and CEO
of HudBay Minerals Inc. "Across Canada, mining companies and First Nations
communities have agreements in place that include commitments on hiring,
training, business development and environmental practices. But we believe
this growing relationship can be strengthened through dialogue and partnership
with the AFN."

    The Letter of Intent will strengthen the AFN's Corporate Challenge
Program and MAC's Towards Sustainable Mining initiatives. The AFN Corporate
Challenge Program creates partnerships with corporate Canada to increase
investments, procurement and employment opportunities for First Nations.




For further information:

For further information: including a copy of the Letter of Intent, see
www.mining.ca or www.afn.ca or contact: Joan McEwen, AFN Communications
Director, (613) 241-6789 ext. 242, cell: (613) 324-3329, jmcewen@afn.ca; Nancy
Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext
243, cell: (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca; Josee Bellemare, Bilingual
Communications Officer, (613) 241-6789 ext. 336, cell: (613) 327-6331,
jbellemare@afn.ca; Pierre Gratton, (613) 233-9392, ext. 319, cell: (613)
293-5111, pgratton@mining.ca


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