BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Ktunaxa Nation Council
of Cranbrook, BC, and Teck Resources
of Vancouver have signed a historic impact management and benefits agreement. The deal covers both long term opportunities for the local community and increased certainty that Teck can develop sustainable mining projects in the area.
The pact relates to Teck’s five metallurgical coal operations within the Ktunaxa Nation in British Columbia’s Elk Valley. It will be in effect for as long as 40 years. The agreement will be implemented through three joint working groups with equal representation from both partners. The groups will concentrate on environmental impact, cultural impact, and procurement and employment opportunities.
"As Ktunaxa, our roles as stewards and protectors of the land are vital to who we are," said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council chair. "This agreement affirms the commitment the Ktunaxa Nation and Teck have to protecting and rehabilitating the environment, providing economic opportunities for Ktunaxa communities and citizens and protecting Ktunaxa culture and language."
Further information on the Ktunaxa Nation can be found at www.Ktunaxa.org.