Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention – Survey

Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention 2013

Dec 19, 2012

March 3-6, 2013

The PDAC Convention in Toronto is an annual highlight for the world's mineral exploration industry and it offers an excellent opportunity to bring Aboriginal people together with the exploration and mining sector

The 2013 Aboriginal Program is currently under development. Please check back for updates. Convention registration is now open.

For any questions regarding the PDAC 2013 Aboriginal Program, contact Lesley Williams at [email protected] or 416 362 1969, ext 294.

Click here to view the PDAC 2012 Aboriginal Program video.

PDAC 2013

This year’s Aboriginal program includes:

Building Aboriginal capacity for economic independence
Monday, March 4
9:00 am – 12 noon

Chairs: Patricia Stirbys, Stirbys & Co., Toronto & Mafalda Arias, Mafalda Arias & Associates, Vancouver, Canada

Capacity building through Impact Benefit Agreements, Merle Alexander, Bull Housser, Vancouver, Canada

Avalon and Deninu K’ue First Nation partnering in the north, David Swisher, Avalon Rare Metals Inc., Toronto & Chief Louis Balsillie, Deninu K’ue First Nation, Fort Resolution, Canada

A new community engagement best practice, Michelle Drylie & John van Nostrand, rePlan, Toronto, Canada

Negotiating IBAs with a positive legacy, Nalaine Morin & Rob McPhee, Tahltan Nation, Dease Lake, Canada

Panel discussion: Building sustainable relationships and self-sufficiency, Laura Stirret, British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association, Vancouver; Chief Shane Gottfriedson, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, Kamloops; Melanie Sturk, Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MiHR), Kanata and Jeremiah Windigo, Naicatchewenin Development Corporation, Fort Frances, Canada

Aboriginal Forum: Promoting Excellence in Engagement

Monday, March 4

2:00 pm - 5:30pm

The Aboriginal Forum brings Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal-owned companies together with the mineral industry to share experiences and learn about becoming more involved in the mineral sector. The event is a platform for discussion on fostering mutually cooperative, respectful and successful relationships. Showcasing models for successful Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, this session will feature presentations on current topics and issues related to Aboriginal Affairs, including: relationship building and engagement, a case history on economic development in the Northwest Territories, consultation with Métis groups, and the launch of the revised Mineral Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities.

The session will be followed by a networking reception from 4:30-5:30pm.

Skookum Jim Award Presentation - Awards Evening

Monday, March 4

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Canadian Room

6:00 pm

The Skookum Jim Award recognizes and honours Aboriginal individuals and businesses who demonstrate exceptional achievement and/or service in an Aboriginal-run service business for the Canadian mining industry or a Canadian Aboriginal exploration or mining company, or have made a significant individual contribution to the mining industry.

Admission with ticket.

Aboriginal Engagement and the Duty to Consult: evolutions, experiences and lessons learned

Tuesday, March 5

9:00am - 12noon

As it evolves, the concept and practice of Aboriginal engagement and specifically the Crown’s Duty to Consult continues to raise questions, present challenges and produce different terms of engagement (relationship building?). The experiences and the lessons learned from governments, Aboriginal communities and the industry are integral as we continue to identify and outline the roles of these parties throughout the mineral development sequence.

This session will feature a presentation on the effects of overlapping land claims on consultation, and a discussion about the capacity challenges that communities face throughout the engagement / consultation process. Finally, a case history on the Duty to Consult in Ontario will examine the province’s new consultation policy and potential impacts on stakeholders.

Examining Company-Community Agreements in the Mineral Sector

Tuesday, March 5

2:00pm – 5:00pm

As a best practice, mineral companies are increasingly developing various agreements with Aboriginal communities that are affected by their projects. Such commercial relationships help provide benefits and economic opportunities for communities, and also assist companies with project development. These agreements, which vary in scope depending on the stage of the mineral projects and effects on communities, are becoming more challenging in terms of their implementation, materiality and sustainability. The differing expectations and contextual factors related to engagement and agreements can also create additional challenges, impacting both the company and community involved.

This session will feature a panel discussion on the issue of confidentiality clauses in agreements between companies and Aboriginal communities, an examination of compensation models for mineral exploration agreements, and a case history example of enterprises and partnerships that flow from such agreements.

Thank you for attending the Aboriginal Program sessions at the PDAC 2017 International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange. The Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention aims to bring together the mineral industry and Aboriginal community members and businesses to share information, exchange ideas and network. This past year, there were over 500 self-identified Aboriginal attendees at the PDAC Convention and more than 700 people participated in the Aboriginal Program sessions.

Please take a few moments to provide the PDAC with feedback and offer suggestions for the PDAC 2018 Aboriginal Program. Completed surveys will be anonymous.

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Presentations from the PDAC 2017 Aboriginal Program can be found here:

If you have additional comments or suggestions, please contact Lesley Williams, PDAC Senior Manager, Aboriginal & Regulatory Affairs at [email protected].