Assembly of NS Mi’kmaq Chiefs and Kameron Coal Sign Impact Benefits Agreement
June 7, 2016 – Membertou, NS – Representatives of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs (Assembly) and Kameron Coal Management Limited (Kameron Coal) gathered in Membertou First Nation today to sign an Impact Benefits Agreement on the Donkin Mine Project.
This agreement builds on a positive relationship that has developed between Kameron and the Assembly as well as commitments made during the Mi’kmaq Consultation process and engagement with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.
“Through this agreement we are demonstrating the power of partnerships and collaboration,” said Chief Terrance Paul, Co-Chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “For the first time in our history, for every tonne of coal mined, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq benefit through royalties. This is a great example of a mutually beneficial outcome of the consultation process. Developing agreements with proponents, such as Kameron, will help us to achieve meaningful involvement in projects and support efforts to strengthen our Mi’kmaq communities.”
The agreement outlines the importance of co-operation and will look at equal employment opportunities for the Mi’kmaq; methods for addressing any potential impacts to Aboriginal and Treaty Rights; establishment of an advisory committee; and setting a protocol for any Mi’kmaq archeological or historical resources found during development or operation.
“Kameron Coal is pleased to be able to solidify this partnership with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs,” said Ed Griffith, Vice-President of Human Resources with Kameron Coal. “We look forward to working with the Assembly to strengthen our relationship with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.”
General hiring is underway for the Donkin Mine Project.
About the Assembly:
The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is composed of 11 Mi’kmaq Chiefs in Nova Scotia and ex-officio members, the Grand Chief and Grand Captain of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council; and the Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The Assembly works together to address issues and represent the collective interest of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. All consultation, negotiation decisions and directions are obtained at this level.
About Kameron Coal:
Kameron Coal Management Limited is a subsidiary of Cutlass Collieries LLC. It is a private Canadian Company, committed to building a world-class mining operation at the Donkin Mine, located in Donkin, Cape Breton.
About the Donkin Mine Project:
Production is set to begin at the Donkin Mine project in late 2016.
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