MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan has officially
completed the transfer of sixty three district lots totalling just over
11,000 acres of land to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation in British
"This important event is the culmination of over ten years of
discussions between us and the community to return these traditional
lands to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation. Today is an important milestone
and represents how we can move forward cooperatively," said Jean Simon,
president and chief executive officer, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto Alcan.
"I am honoured to be the one, on behalf of our company, to bring this
long standing issue to conclusion for the benefit of the Cheslatta
Carrier Nation people."
"Today we get back what we lost 60 years ago." said Cheslatta Chief
Richard Peters, "Land is the backbone of any community and this land is
truly the foundation for our future. We are most grateful for the hard
work and dedication of former Cheslatta leaders and we also thank Rio
Tinto Alcan for being a modern and progressive corporation that
understands the significance of the land to the Cheslatta people. We
are fully committed to continue working together."
"I am proud of the respectful and effective relationship that we have
developed with the Cheslatta Carrier Nation. I am also proud that both
parties demonstrated great patience, support and commitment to this
process that allows us to recognize the past while opening a new door
to a brighter future," said Paul Henning, vice president, Strategic
Projects, Western Canada for Rio Tinto Alcan.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio
Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal
and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt)
and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in
Australia and North America with significant businesses in South
America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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