BRITISH COLUMBIA and NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Memoranda of understanding (MOU) have been signed between the owners and local aboriginal bands for two mine developments, one in British Columbia and the other in the Northwest Territories.
HARD CREEK NICKEL of Prince George, B.C., has signed a “cornerstone agreement” with the Dease River Band Council, the Daylu Dena Council, the Kwadacha First Nation and the Kaska Dena Council covering Hard Creek’s Turnagain nickel project 70 km east of the community of Dease Lake. The agreement covers environmental protection, economic opportunities, and education. A socio-economic participation agreement will be included in the feasibility process for the project. (See also www.HardCreekNickel.com)
Vancouver’s CANADIAN ZINC CORP. has signed an agreement with the Liidlii Kue First Nation regarding the exploration and development of Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek zinc-lead project 200 km west of Fort Simpson, NWT. The MOU provides a formalized structure for communication and information exchange through a community information officer, establishment of a communications committee and the hiring of an environmental monitor. The two parties will negotiate an impact benefits agreement (IBA) at a later date. (See also www.CanadianZinc.com)