BRITISH COLUMBIA – The New Afton copper-gold mine belonging to New Gold of Vancouver has been selected by the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) as a recipient of the Corporate Champion for Aboriginal Business Award. The mine, near Kamloops, is recognized for its leadership in fostering opportunities for Aboriginal people and economic development through its partnership with the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA).
The award recognizes a non-Aboriginal corporation that has demonstrated leadership and best practices in establishing a working relationship with an Aboriginal business. The New Afton-BC AMTA partnership has bridged employment gaps in Aboriginal communities, which has led to greater Aboriginal participation in the labour market while at the same time filling projected labour and skills shortages in the mining industry.
New Gold said the New Afton mine began production in June 2012, and is to reach commercial rates in August. Over its lifetime the mine is expected to produce 75 million lb of copper and 85,000 oz of gold.
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