ONTARIO - The BOREAL PROSPECTORS ASSOCIATION (BPA) has set up shop in Thunder Bay to identify and address the geographical, governmental and cultural challenges facing the mineral industry in Ontario's far north. The BPA is a member of the ONTARIO PROSPECTORS ASSOCIATION with an executive that includes prospectors, First Nations and industry representatives.
Director Doug Parker said in a news release, "The role of the mineral industry is becoming increasingly important to economic development of Northern Ontario's communities. It is the intent of our association to engage and support individual northern prospectors and to facilitate community-industry interaction by encouraging capacity building and mutual understanding. Through this approach the association will seek to ensure that mineral industry activity occurs to the benefit of local communities, leads to sustainable development within the region and results in a more robust mineral industry."
Another director, David Duchesne, added, "By providing a mechanism that encourages northerners to become part of the mineral industry, the association can help to create a link to people, land and resources, build lasting partnerships and foster a strong business environment."
The public is invited to the BPA's first annual general meeting in Sioux Lookout on Feb. 21-22. For more information, e-mail [email protected]