Media Advisory - Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) - 15th annual conference brings First Nation leaders and mining executives together in Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - In an effort to provide a forum for the
mineral resource industry and First Nations to identify and share best
practices and establish meaningful dialogue, CAMA is hosting its 15th annual
Association conference 'Growing Communities in Changing Economies - Aboriginal
Community Development with the Resource Sector' in Vancouver November 4th to
November 6th 2007.
    The conference brings together mining industry executives, First Nations
leaders, provincial and federal government and legal decision makers. Speakers
include: Hon. Mr. Justice Stephen O'Neill, (Superior Court of Justice), Hans
Matthews, President of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association, Chief
Judith Sayers, Hupacasath First Nations and First Nations Political Summit,
Vice Chief Morley Watson, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Grand
Chief Stan Beardy, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Michael McPhee, President and CEO,
Mining Association of British Columbia, Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President and
CEO, NovaGold Resources Inc.
    Event speakers, attendees and workshops will provide an overview of First
Nation and mining resource sector topics including: recent court decisions on
consultation, participation and accommodation, revenue sharing, sustained
economic resource and community development, human rights, community
strategies for managing environmental assessments and Aboriginal treaties and

    Date:        November 4-6, 2007

    Location:    The Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle
                 1128 West Hastings Street
                 Vancouver, British Columbia

    About the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA):

    CAMA was established in 1992 to provide the mineral resource industry and
First Nations communities with a forum to identify best practices and discuss
lessons learned. Since that time, the association has grown to become a leader
in providing an invaluable meeting opportunity to help industry and First
Nations communities build and act on open, honest and transparent dialogue.
Increasingly in an environment where the duty to consult and accommodate is
gaining significance, the Association believes that socially and
environmentally responsible development must be based on communication,
consultation and commitment to building shared understanding with First

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries and registration, please
contact: Ms. Chantelle Krish, media relations coordinator, PR Associates, Tel:
(604) 681-1407 ext 3442, Cell: (778) 990-9544, E-mail:

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