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The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of
Northern Development and Mines, with MNO
representatives at the 2015 PDAC. (L-R) Joel
Henley, MNO KMC President; Marcel Lafrance,
PCMNO Region 3 Councillor; Minister Gravelle;
Nina Henley, MNO KMC Secretary; Juliette
Denis, PCMNO Region 5 Councillor; Theresa
Stenlund, PCMNO Region 1 Councillor; and
Ernie Gatien, PCMNO Region 4 Councillor.
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry. The association¡¯s convention is the world¡¯s largest annual gathering of the mineral industry, focusing on exploration, discovery and development of new mines and innovative developments. The 2015 PDAC Convention was held March 1-4 at the Metro-Toronto Convention Centre.
The M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario¡¯s (MNO) presence at the PDAC conference built upon the MNO¡¯s mandate to foster new relationships with mining companies operating within the M¨¦tis Nation¡¯s traditional harvesting territories. Mineral proponents impacting the lands and waterways traditionally used by MNO¡¯s historic, rights-bearing M¨¦tis communities, have the Duty to Consult and Accommodate with the MNO.
¡°Mineral exploration and development is an important part of Ontario¡¯s economy and MNO¡¯s increased involvement with mineral proponents promises new opportunities for M¨¦tis people to benefit from potential education and training programs, as well as employment for M¨¦tis citizens and businesses,¡± stated President Lipinski.
The MNO was well-represented at the conference by Joel Henley, MNO Kenora M¨¦tis Council (KMC) President; Nina Henley, MNO KMC Secretary; PCMNO Regional Councillors: Marcel Lafrance, Juliette Denis, Theresa Stenlund and Ernie Gatien.
¡°We have already begun to see exciting opportunities arise from our relationships with several mineral developers and we look forward to more,¡± said President Lipinski.See ALL news articles