QUEBEC - METANOR RESOURCES and the WASWANIPI CREE community have signed a draft agreement aimed at reopening the Bachelor Lake gold mine 225 km northeast of Val d'Or near Desmaraisville.
The agreement covers several sectors, such as a pre-employment program to be developed and implemented by Metanor for members of the Cree community interested in working at the mine. In addition, it provides for a financial investment that will allow a host of projects to be developed and managed jointly by the Cree community and Metanor socially, culturally and environmentally, as well as in terms of health and security. The Cree community's seniors will be called upon to act as advisors with the company to ensure that mining operations do not have an adverse impact on traditional activities such as trapping. Among other things, the agreement allows Metanor to obtain the permit needed from the province to reopen the 450-t/d mill.
The Bachelor Lake underground mine produced 131,000 oz of gold during the 1980s. Visit www.Metanor.ca for pictures and a discussion of the geological setting.