Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Affairs

The PDAC Aboriginal Affairs Program includes research, policy, outreach and advocacy to support the development of positive relationships between Aboriginal communities and mineral exploration and mining companies, as well as increased participation by Aboriginal people in the mineral industry.

NEW: PDAC Research Report - Government Resource Revenue Sharing with Aboriginal Communities

Leadership in Aboriginal Affairs

Leadership In Aboriginal Affairs

From our Memorandum of Understanding with the Assembly of First Nations to the rapid growth of our Aboriginal Program, the PDAC continues to promote strong working relationships between industry and Aboriginal communities. Read more >>>

Exploration and Mining Guide

Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities 

This guide is designed to inform Aboriginal communities across Canada about the stages of the mineral development cycle, from early exploration to mine closure, to help Aboriginal people better understand the industry, and to identify the many ways in which exploration and mining can promote community sustainability.  More.

Trainer's Manual

NEW: Trainer’s Manual

A companion tool to the Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities, the Trainer’s Manual is designed to help disseminate information about mineral exploration and mining and inform communities about economic opportunities in the sector. More 

Aboriginal Youth Outreach Program

Mining Matters Aboriginal Youth Outreach Program 

Focusing on excellence in Aboriginal Youth Outreach with a commitment to education and community partnerships. More

PDAC Convention

Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention


The PDAC Convention offers an excellent opportunity to bring Aboriginal people together with the exploration and mining sector.

Skookum Jim Award

PDAC annual award for Aboriginal achievement – Skookum Jim Award

This award, first presented in March 2008, recognizes Aboriginal achievements in the mineral industry.

e3Plus: A Framework

e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration 

The PDAC launched e3 Plus – A Framework for Responsible Exploration in order to help exploration companies improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance and to integrate these aspects in to their exploration programs. More