Improving Community Engagement through Positive Relationships

CIM Montreal 2015
John McConnell (Victoria Gold Corp.), Lenora Hobbis (Victoria Gold Corp.), Kelly Arychuk (Victoria Gold Corp. )
Victoria Gold believes that community engagement is critical to the continued success of the mineral exploration industry.

Our Eagle Gold Project in the Yukon, continues to be successful and maintain a “social licence to operate” while other mining companies in the same region are experiencing lengthy delays due to court challenges for a variety of reasons including insufficient consultation and engagement.

Our Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement (CCBA) with the local First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun, detailed annual reporting, successful negotiation of a historic Access and Exploration Agreement on Category B Lands and community involvement have enabled Victoria Gold to build a long-term sustainable relationship with the First Nation and the Community of Mayo, Yukon.

Sharing information, listening and respecting the concerns of the First Nation has enabled Victoria Gold to work with the citizenry to develop community based projects that will help achieve the First Nations goal of a healthy and productive community. Victoria Gold can demonstrate that by adopting this proactive approach to community engagement long term, sustainable relationships can be developed that will last through all phases of mineral exploration and development.
Keywords: Yukon, Community, Eagle Gold Project, Relationship, Sustainability, First Nations, Victoria Gold, Mayo
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