[caption id="attachment_1003723508" align="aligncenter" width="522"] The Borden gold mine will be Canada’s first all-electric underground operation. (Image: Goldcorp)
ONTARIO – Vancouver-based Goldcorp
has reached a milestone for its Borden all-electric underground gold mine near Chapleau with the signing of an impact benefit agreement with three First Nations – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe. Goldcorp now has collaborative agreements with 26 First Nations across Canada.
This is the first time three First Nations have participated in a single mining project.
Under the agreement, Goldcorp recognizes and respects the rights and interests these First Nations have around the Borden project site, and the First Nations recognize and support Goldcorp's rights and interests in the development and future operation of the mine. The IBA also reflects Goldcorp's commitment to protecting the environment and supporting Aboriginal social and cultural practices. The agreement also includes provisions for employment and training, and business and contracting opportunities, and a framework for regulatory permitting.
A 30,000-tonne bulk sampling program is to begin shortly at Borden. Commercial operation is expected next year. More detail is available at www.Goldcorp.com.