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.

Change in terminology 

PDAC’s Aboriginal Affairs Program has been changed to the Indigenous Affairs Program to reflect Canada’s endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It also recognizes the fact that the PDAC Convention is inclusive of all Indigenous groups, within Canada and abroad. 

This change is not meant to detract from the use of the term Aboriginal Peoples in the Constitution Act, 1982 which protects the s.35 rights held by the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.


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


Indigenous Program

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

Indigenous Affairs

Luka Stevanovic
Analyst, Indigenous & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone (416) 362-1969 ext. 299

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