BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Wet'suwet'en First Nation and Huckleberry Mines have reached what they call a "win/win" community investment agreement. The mine employs five qualified Wet'suwet'en members in well paying jobs and Wet'suwet'en's economic development arm, Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership (YLP), has been invited to bid on contract work.
Other issues regarding the mine's use of hydro lines and a forest road crossing a reserve have also been successfully resolved.
"Today is a good day for the Wet'suwet'en First Nation Community", said Chief Karen Ogen. "To its credit, Huckleberry stayed at the negotiating table and we were able to negotiate a fair and reasonable resolution that is already benefiting our community."
The Huckleberry copper mine 125 km southwest of Houston is a joint venture of Vancouver-based Imperial Metals Corp. (50%) and a Japanese consortium (50%). Production guidance for 2013 includes 40 million lb of copper, 3,200 oz of gold, and 190,000 oz of silver. No molybdenum production is expected this year.
Additional information is available at ImperialMetals.com.