QUEBEC – Arianne Resources of Chicoutimi, QC, is partnering with the Commission scolaire du Pays-des-Bleuets, through its vocational centres, and the Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan Education and Labour Department to create training services for potential workers at its Lac a Paul open pit phosphate project in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.
Arianne says such training will encourage economic diversity in the region, increase the skilled mining labour pool, and respect the cultural context and characteristics of the Mashteuiatsh community. The agreement is at the letter of intent stage, and the final agreement is expected to be concluded within a few weeks
The Commission scolaire du Pays des Bleuets offers general education and professional training services to students of all ages who live in the Maria Chapdelaine and Domaine du Roy RCMs.
Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan is the political and administrative organization of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh (Ilnuatsh du Pekuakami) First Nation.
The Lac a Paul property was originally explored for nickel, but phosphate and titanium were discovered in the late 1990s. The preliminary economic assessment called for a 3-million-t/y operation with a 17-year mine life. The February 2013 project presentation is available at Arianne-inc.com.