Designing for the Future While Protecting the Past: Cultural Heritage Management at Teck Highland Valley Copper
Anna Brace, Lead, Community and Indigenous Affairs – HVC
The protection (best achieved through avoidance) of cultural heritage sites is an important consideration for mining companies to operate ethically and with respect to the communities in the regions where we operate. Because not all heritage sites are visible from the surface or aerially and must instead be located through intensive subsurface study it is critically important to incorporate assessment for their identification early in the project planning process to avoid unanticipated impacts to heritage sites or planned projects; early identification also allows for better support of the frequently tight timelines common to ongoing mining operations. Through a review of learnings at Teck’s Highland Valley Copper operation, this masterclass will explore how embedding cultural heritage considerations into the early stages of the project planning and design lifecycle can greatly enhance the protection of cultural heritage and reduce project delays. Similarly, this masterclass will provide insight into the importance of building a shared understanding of the value and importance of cultural heritage. Integrated into site planning and operations, this understanding can help unlock opportunities for proactive planning, creative design, and a demonstration of respect for the heritage of local communities.