PDAC develops tools and resources to support leadership in Indigenous Affairs and greater understanding and co-operation between Indigenous communities and the mineral industry in Canada.

The PDAC Indigenous Affairs Program is gathering information about community engagement practices between the mineral industry and Indigenous communities in Canada. Share your story by completing the questionnaire.


Government Resource Revenue Sharing

PDAC Research Report - Government Resource Revenue Sharing with Aboriginal Communities

In 2014, the PDAC released a research report that examines the issue of government resource revenue sharing in Canada – the sharing of government revenues generated from mineral development with Aboriginal Peoples. The report offers a jurisdictional scan of the existing GRRS models in Canada, as well as a brief overview of those provinces that have not developed a GRRS policy or signed agreements with Aboriginal communities. The report then briefly characterizes some of the key elements within government resource revenue sharing agreements. Read the full research report here.

PDAC Position - Government 
 Resource Revenue Sharing with Aboriginal Peoples
The PDAC believes that greater participation by Aboriginal peoples in the mineral industry in Canada will promote greater understanding and co-operation between Aboriginal communities and mineral exploration and mining companies.
The PDAC believes that if governments shared a portion of revenues, derived from natural resource extraction, with Aboriginal peoples, these revenues would;

  • provide economic benefits to Aboriginal communities;
  • form a basis for aboriginal communities to build towards economic self-sufficiency;
  • facilitate direct participation in the mineral industry by Aboriginal peoples; and,
  • encourage exploration on Aboriginal traditional lands.

For a copy of PDAC’s position on government resource revenue sharing please follow the link: English | French


Exploration and Mining Guide



This Guide is designed to provide information about the stages of the mineral development sequence, from early exploration to mine closure and reclamation. 

trainers manual

Trainers Manual: Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities

A companion tool to the Exploration and Mining Guide for Aboriginal Communities, the Trainer’s Manual is designed to help disseminate information about mineral exploration and mining and inform communities about economic opportunities in the sector. The Manual provides guidance for facilitators and trainers to help deliver the content contained in the Guide in a convenient, workshop format. 

While the Guide informs Aboriginal communities across Canada about the stages of the mineral development cycle, from early exploration to mine closure, and identify opportunities for participation in the industry, the new Trainer’s Manual helps to operationalize the Guide and convey its information as a ready-made workshop. It provides a practical methodology for people to disseminate the information that is contained in the Guide.  

Guide sur l’exploration et l’exploitation minières pour les communautés autochtones