TORONTO – Matawa First Nations Management's Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS), Noront Resources, and Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding on March 4 at the Aboriginal Forum Reception at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention and mining investment show.
This agreement strengthens a commitment to work collaboratively to expand opportunities for the development of a highly skilled aboriginal workforce for mining activity associated with Noront's Eagles Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium project in the Ring of Fire. It will remain in place for a minimum period of five years.
A key objective of the alliance is to provide training to employment opportunities to support participants in the nine Matawa communities. This will be met by providing long term, sustainable career pathways in the mineral and mining sectors or other resource related areas associated with the Ring of Fire.
Northwestern Ontario is on the cusp of significant socio-economic development that will have profound long term benefits for Aboriginal communities (Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Marten Falls, Nibinamik, Webequie, Constance Lake, Aroland, Long Lake No.58 and Ginoogaming First Nations). The development of mining infrastructure will provide employment for a hundred years spanning many sectors.
More information about the Eagles Nest project is available at NorontResources.com.