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: The Duty to Consult and mineral exploration--complexities across Canada from PDAC's Core magazine (Winter 2016)
NEW: PDAC Research Report - Government Resource Revenue Sharing with Aboriginal Communities
NEW: Duty to Consult - An update from PDAC's Core magazine (Fall 2015)  

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 >>>

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.

Call to Members – Share your Story

Promoting Leading Community Engagement Practices in the Minerals Industry

The PDAC Aboriginal Affairs Program is gathering information about community engagement practices between the mineral industry and Aboriginal communities in Canada. Share your story by filling out the questionnaire – click here.

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.

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 


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