The PDAC Indigenous Affairs Program works to support the development of positive relationships between communities and mineral exploration and mining companies, as well as increased participation by Indigenous Peoples in the economic opportunities generated by the mineral industry.

Key priorities for the PDAC Indigenous Affairs Program include:

  • Improving the ways in which the Crown implements its constitutional duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal people.

  • Supporting efforts to improve the understanding of the mineral industry by Indigenous Peoples, and the mineral industry’s understanding of Indigenous Peoples.

  • The Indigenous Program at the annual PDAC Convention.

  • Advocating for social investments by governments to enhance Indigenous participation in the minerals industry.


Social Impact Report

Learn about our recommendations for mineral development companies and their work within Indigenous communities. Read More

1 - Peter Tapatai of Peter’s Expediting Limited, based in Baker Lake, NU. Credit - Land and People Planning

Economic Impacts Report

Read the results of PDAC's Economic Impacts of Exploration Projects on Indigenous Communities study. Learn More


Capacity Funding for Indigenous Communities

Search PDAC's catalogue of federal, provincial, and territorial government capacity-building support tools. Learn More



Implementing the Crown's Duty to Consult. Learn More



Supporting greater understanding between Indigenous communities and the minerals industry. Learn More



Supporting the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the minerals industry. Learn More



The Indigenous Program offers an excellent opportunity to bring Indigenous Peoples together with the minerals industry. Learn More

Indigenous Affairs

Alex Armstrong
Analyst, Indigenous & Regulatory Affairs

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