Mining / exploration industry efforts to engage with Aboriginal peoples. Focus on: PDAC’s MOU and MAC’s MOU (under development) with the Assembly of First Nations; MAC consultations on draft Aboriginal relations policy with Aboriginal organizations and communities; MAC/PDAC efforts to establish a mining/Aboriginal forum in the NWT. Work of MAC TSM Community of Interest Advisory Panel on Aboriginal issues and work of PDAC Aboriginal Affairs committee will also be discussed.
Philip Bousquet, Director – Regulatory Affairs
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
Philip joined the PDAC in 2004 as Director, Sustainability and e3 (environmental excellence in exploration) project manager. Through the formation of an Aboriginal Affairs Committee (fall 2004), the PDAC began to develop a more comprehensive approach to engagement and policy development, leading to greater involvement with Aboriginal organizations and activities that promote increased participation of Aboriginal people in the mineral industry. Examples of our efforts include sessions and courses organized during the PDAC Convention, and our participation, with MAC, the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association, NR Can and INAC, in the development of the Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities.