Canadian Mining Journal


SUSTAINABILITY: New Gold funds First Nations education and employment society

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Blackwater gold-silver mine site in central British Columbia. (Credit: New Gold)

VANCOUVER – New Gold announced on Oct. 10 that it will provide $100,000 to the Quesnel Dakelh Education and Employment Society. The company poured the first gold at its newly opened Rainy River gold mine 80 km south of Kenora, Ont., earlier this week.

The society was formed by the Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, Lhtako Dene Nation and Nazko Nation to support education, training and employment. Chief Stuart Alec of the Nazko Nation highlighted, “The Society’s approach is to work collaboratively with industry and government to address barriers to education and employment.”

“New Gold is proud to contribute to the society, and we look forward to working with the First Nations members,” stated Hannes Portmann, New Gold president and CEO. “We are committed to the long term sustainability of the communities where we operate and working together on creating jobs and economic opportunities.”

In return for its support, New Gold has been offered a seat on the society’s board.

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