ONTARIO CANADIAN ARROW MINES of Sudbury has received an award commemorating its business relationship with the Treaty No.3 First Nation regarding the development of the company’s Kenbridge nickel-copper project near Kenora. A combined open pit-underground operation with a life of 10 years is planned.
Canadian Arrow says it engaged the local First Nations communities early in the project’s development and is seeking authorization for the project through the Treaty No.3 resource law known as Manito Aki Inakonigaawin, or the Great Earth Law. The company has previously announced that it has already moved into formal consultations with representatives from Treaty No.3 Grand Council and the four First Nations communities near Kenbridge (Naotkamegwanning, Northwest Angle No.33, Northwest Angle No.37, and Onigaming).
Upon receiving the award earlier this year, company president Kim Tyler said, “We are greatly honoured to receive such recognition, however the recognition and honour must be fully reciprocated. We would not have proceeded so well to this point if not for the leadership of Treaty No.3. The Great Earth Law enacted by the people of Treaty No.3 is really quite unique and groundbreaking in its scope and utility. It sets the process of engagement for any resource industry proponent wishing to take up business in their traditional lands. The Great Earth Law and the professional integrity of the Treaty No.3 leadership stand as an exceptional model of private business-First Nations enterprise.”
A fact sheet of the Kenbridge nickel-copper project is available at www.CanadianArrowMines.ca.
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