BRITISH COLUMBIA - The Britannia Mine Museum and Sechelt Lehigh Materials are co-recipients of the 2012 Mining and Sustainability Award.
Presented by the Mining Association of British Columbia and the province, this annual award recognizes the diverse companies, communities, First Nations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and individuals committed to advancing and promoting sustainable development in the BC mining sector.
The Britannia Mine Museum is located on the site of the former Britannia mine on the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Squamish. The mine operated from 1900 to 1974, and the museum has been instrumental in helping to remediate the site. The museum provides a hands-on experience for visitors and educates them about the history of mining in British Columbia as well as the role of the industry in this province in the present and future.
The Sechelt mine is located on the Sunshine Coast and is one of the largest aggregate operations in Canada. Lehigh Materials has worked hard to develop a mutually respectful and supportive relationship with the neighbouring Sechelt Band. The Sechelt mine is one of the largest employers for band members in the area, and the band is directly involved in progressive reclamation efforts on the mine site.
The 2012 Mining and Sustainability Award was presented to the Britannia Mine Museum on May 4, 2013, during Family Fun Day, a Mining Week celebration being held at the Museum. For more information, please visit BritanniaMineMuseum.ca.
The Sechelt mine will receive its award hardware during its annual open house on Sept. 14, 2013.