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April 22, 2008 - No. 53

PDAC seeks to appoint Director, Sustainable Development

Applications are invited by the PDAC for the position of Program Director, Sustainable Development. The incumbent will be responsible for managing, implementing and delivering the association’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) framework, including e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration, health and safety, and environmental and social issues as they affect the mineral exploration and development industry. Further details.

Memorandum of Understanding – PDAC and Assembly of First Nations

Thank you to those members who responded to our call for comments on the draft memorandum of understanding between the association and the Assembly of First Nations. The MOU was signed on Tuesday, March 4 by AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and PDAC President Patricia Dillon. A full version of the MOU is here.

Relationship building between First Nations and the mining industry is key

Speaking at a CIM Sudbury branch meeting on April 18, Glenn Nolan, PDAC second vice-president, advocates that exploration and mining companies build relationships with First Nation communities. This foundation will serve companies well as a project evolves. “There may still be grievances down the road,” he said, “but because you have a relationship that’s been built, it’s easier to resolve these differences.” Click here for a report of Nolan’s address.

Manitoba establishes a Crown-Aboriginal consultation unit

A newly created Crown-Aboriginal consultation unit, announced recently by the Manitoba government, will “facilitate Crown-Aboriginal consultations for the provincial government on proposed large-scale projects.” The unit will also develop a government strategy on Crown-Aboriginal consultations and provide education and training on consultation policy and guidelines to government departments and First Nations and Métis communities. Click here for news release.

Health and safety committee organizes wilderness first aid courses

The first of three wilderness first aid courses, organized by the PDAC’s health and safety committee and the Ontario Prospectors Association, was held this past weekend (April 19 and 20) in Thunder Bay. Fourteen people participated in the two-day course, which was given by Sirius Wilderness Medicine. The other two courses will be held in Sudbury during the week of May 20. While these courses are fully subscribed, we would like to hear from people interested in registering for further courses. We plan to offer more, depending on demand. Please contact us.

PDAC launches third annual e3 photograph contest

If you’re taking photographs on your business travels, why not submit some for this year’s e3 photograph contest? We are looking for photographs that demonstrate the environmental and community engagement aspects of mineral exploration worldwide. The connection with mineral exploration should be clear from the photograph. First, second and third prizes may be given in each of the main categories: community engagement and environmental. The overall winner for the best photograph submitted will receive a one-ounce gold coin. Deadline for submitting your photographs is the end of the day, Friday, May 30. For more information and a contest entry form, click here.

Marketing opportunity to support PDAC Mining Matters

Members are invited to promote their companies and support resource education for young people by donating to a silent auction, to be held in conjunction with the second annual golf tournament of PDAC Mining Matters. This educational arm of the PDAC develops and delivers classroom resources to teach students about earth sciences and the Canadian mining industry. The fundraising goal for this year’s tournament, to be held on June 5, is $50,000. A list of suggested donations and how to donate them is contained in this information sheet. Golf tournament Names of donors will be listed on the Mining Matters website, and donations valued at $100 or more will be included in the tournament program. Corporate giveaways for golfer grab bags are also welcome.

Data on mineral tenure in Canada

Hidden deep in the recesses of the website of the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is an excellent resource about mineral tenure in all Canadian jurisdictions. The information, in spreadsheet format, is compiled by the provincial/territorial mining rights committee. There are four tables covering elements of mining rights legislation dealing with obtaining and maintaining mining rights. The data are current as of December 1, 2006. While the site contains a caveat that the information contained in the tables is not a substitute for actual legislation, this is an excellent guide to the requirements for acquiring and securing mineral tenure. Go to this website and cursor down the lefthand menu until you reach a section entitled Provincial-Territorial Charts.

TSX-V courses on corporate disclosure to be held in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver

The TSX Venture Exchange is offering three half-day workshops on mining company disclosure fundamentals. The first two, in Toronto and Montreal, will be held on May 7 and 13 respectively. The third will be held in Vancouver on November 25. The fee is $150 per course. Topics include: disclosing complex technical information in news releases; the reporting of reserves and resources; and the disclosure of economic evaluations. Further information and registration details are here.

Conference ? Social risks & responsible mining practice ? May 14-15 ? Panama City

An international conference, entitled Mining for Success – Social Risks & Responsible Mining Practices, will be held at the Radisson Decapolis, Panama City, Panama, on May 14-15. The aim of the conference, which is organized by Kokopelli Advisory, is to discuss social challenges the mining sector is facing. Conference topics include: environment; government and institutional initiatives; social risks, impacts, rewards; indigenous issues; land issues; corporate social responsibility and partnerships; and sustainable development and community relations. Also offered is a short course on the IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles. Conference program and registration details are here.

Conference ? Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) investment potential ? June 27-29 ? Yakutsk

The 5th International Conference on Investment Potential of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation will be held Jun 27-29 in Yakutsk, Yakutia. The conference will provide a forum for discussion on attracting investment capital to the Republic of Sakha; presentations on investment opportunities; identification of mid-term and long-term investment projects that can be implemented through public-private partnerships. For more information, contact Marina Dessiatkina, Trade Commissioner, Republic of Sakha, telephone 905 334 4966, email [email protected].