Sunday, March 5, 2023
The Wabun Model and approach to company-community collaboration on exploration and mining projects has been recognized throughout Ontario, and across Canada. Their unique approach provides effective and organized support to First Nations communities who are engaging in negotiations and partnerships with exploration and mining companies in the Timmins area. In turn, this support is felt by mining companies too, as they gain a clear understanding on local expectations of them, their behaviour and their economic contributions while exploring in the area.
Acting as a guide and convener, the Wabun Tribal Council provides a fair and consistent process for on-going consultation as outlined in numerous exploration agreements. WTC also support their member Nations by facilitates meetings, negotiations and providing streamlined processes to help bring companies and communities together. The model allows parties to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships and meaningful engagement protocols.
This session features the perspectives of the Wabun Tribal Council’s Member Nations, junior mining companies and First Nations community members in the Timmins area who have worked jointly through the Wabun Model to negotiate and implement exploration-related agreements (EAs and MOUs).
(This session is part of both the Indigenous and Sustainability Programs)
Chair: Valerie Pascale, PDAC Sustainability Committee Chair, Toronto, Canada