ONTARIO – LIBERTY MINES of Edmonton has signed an IBA with the Mattagami, Matachewan and Wahagoshig First Nations covering Liberty’s Shaw Dome Nickel Belt properties near Timmins. The Redstone and McWatters mines as well as the advanced Hart nickel project are covered by the terms of the agreement.
The IBA includes provisions for job training, employment, scholarships, business relationships and financial participation in community development projects. It also streamlines the exploration of the properties and the permitting of economic deposits through direct consultation and input from the First Nations.
“This IBA represents a first for mining and First Nations in Ontario that is not located in the far north or a remote area,” said Shawn Batise, executive director of the Wabun Tribal Council and a member of the negotiating team. “I want to commend Gary Nash and the Liberty board of directors for taking the industry lead in recognition of First Nations Treaty and Aboriginal rights in this area. I would also like to commend the First Nation leadership for their vision and patience in the negotiation of this agreement.”
Gary Nash, president of Liberty Mines, may be reached at 416-238-9736 or email@example.com.