Media Advisory - Canadian mineral industry representatives to meet with mines ministers and encourage them to take action to sustain exploration and mining

    ST. JOHN'S, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Representatives of Canada's mineral
exploration and mining sectors will meet with federal, provincial and
territorial energy and mines ministers at their annual conference in St.
John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, on Monday, August 31.
    The Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF) will urge mines ministers
to take action to sustain the country's exploration and mining sectors.
Highlighting the significant contribution the sectors make to the economy, the
federation will recommend that ministers responsible for natural resources
maintain their focus on and enhance their dedication to economic development.
    Members of the federation represent the majority of companies engaged in
mineral exploration, mining, and processing. These companies account for most
of Canada's production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals.

    Background on the Energy & Mines Ministers Conference

    The annual conference of federal, provincial and territorial energy and
mines ministers is being co-hosted by the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Natural
Resources Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Lisa
Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. The conference is being held at
the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September

    This year's conference, Challenges and Opportunities, will address the
obstacles and opportunities facing the energy and mining sectors as a result
of the downturn in the global economy. The conference will include information
sessions on short- and long-term industry challenges, investment
opportunities, recovery from the financial recession and international
competitiveness. Innovation and technology, research and development and
sustainable green energy solutions will also be discussed.

For further information:

For further information: Federation members and company representatives
will be available for media interviews on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday,
September 1. To arrange an interview, please contact: Carmel Turpin,
Vice-President of Communications and Client Services, Pilot Communications,
St. John's, (709) 753-0794, (709) 682-2292; Copies of the
federation's submission to ministers will be available at and

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