An emerging Canadian development company, with a diversified portfolio of gold projects across North America, has signed an historic collaborative protocol with neighbouring states.
First Mining Gold Corp announced this week that it has entered into a negotiation protocol with the Lac Seul First Nation, the Slate Falls First Nation and the Cat Lake First Nation in Ontario to share ownership in the development of the company’s Springpole Gold Project.
Through a Joint Development Team (JDT), the protocol nations will work collaboratively in a responsible, cooperative and productive manner to maximise benefits for each community.
Located in North-western Ontario, the project has an Indicated Resource of 139.Mt of gold and silver, with an Inferred Resource of 11.4Mt.
Jeff Swinoga, Chief Executive Officer of First Mining, stated, “We are very pleased to have signed this important and historic Negotiation Protocol with the Lac Seul First Nation, the Slate Falls First Nation and the Cat Lake First Nation.
First Mining greatly values its strong and trusting relationship with each of these communities, and with all Aboriginal communities in our project areas. As we advance our flagship Springpole Gold Project through permitting, construction and toward production, we look forward to a positive, long-term relationship with the Shared Territory Protocol Nations to create benefits, employment and opportunities to improve economic prosperity and quality of life.
We believe it is very important to have a local community-based, environmentally responsible approach to our mineral project development within the Shared Territory and First Nation lands in general, which is both culturally sensitive and respectful of constitutional rights.”
Chief Clifford Bull of the Lac Seul First Nation stated, “The signing of the Negotiation Protocol, clearly demonstrates the willingness of all parties to work together collaboratively and effectively to ensure that the benefits from resource extraction in the Shared Territory are shared justly and fairly amongst our communities and industry partners. This is truly a great, historic day.”
Chief Lorraine Crane of Slate Falls First Nation added, “I have been an advocate for development in the Shared Territory that will result in education, jobs and future opportunity for our youth.”
Chief Ernest Wesley of the Cat Lake First Nation stated, “We have hope and confidence that the signing of these partnership agreements will bring jobs and economic benefits to the Cat Lake First Nation and all partner communities in our Shared Territory. ”