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ABORIGINAL RELATIONS: PTI and Driftpile Cree form alliance; Rio Tinto returns land to Cheslatta

ALBERTA and BRITISH COLUMBIA - There is more to being a good corporate neighbour than owning a mine. Now suppliers and long-time landowners are practicing corporate social responsibility. Here are two examples.



ALBERTA and BRITISH COLUMBIA – There is more to being a good corporate neighbour than owning a mine. Now suppliers and long-time landowners are practicing corporate social responsibility. Here are two examples.

PTI Group of Edmonton is a North American provider of workforce accommodations and catering services. Obviously the company is active at remote exploration and mining sites in Canada. Now it has signed an exclusive business relationship and strategic alliance agreement with Driftpile Cree Nation.

The 1,200-member Driftpile band (DriftpileCreeNation.com) is located on the southern shore of Lesser Slave Lake in Northern Alberta. PTI has agreed to work with Driftpile Cree Nation to provide workforce accommodations and catering services to companies operating in the Lesser Slave Lake area. PTI and the Nation will also collaborate on developing training and employment opportunities for those interested in a career in hospitality or food services, and on ensuring that local businesses are informed of contractual opportunities.

PTI Group (PTIGroup.com) has built a strong reputation as an industry leader providing quality of life for those working in remote areas. This agreement with Drift band is merely the latest of several successful joint ventures and alliances between PTI and Aboriginal communities across Canada.

In British Columbia, Montreal’s Rio Tinto Alcan has quietly transferred 63 district lots totalling 4,450 ha to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation in Burns Lake. The land was a legacy of Alcan Aluminum, which Rio Tinto took over in October 2007.

“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.”

Please visit both RioTintoAlcan.com and Cheslatta.com.


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