Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

March 29-30, 2012

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Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre

Yellowknife Dene First Nation, Dettah, Northwest Territories

  • Education Related to Mining and First Nations
  • Best Practices
  • Engaging and Interactive for Everyone
  • Exploring the many opportunities for First Nations and Industry
Workshop 1 Environmental Sustainability and Accountability
Workshop 2 Circle of Opportunities
Workshop 3 Cultural Sensitivity Training- The Basics
Workshop 4 TBA
Case Study 1 Youth Inspired
Case Study 2 Revenue Sharing (First Nations, Government and Mining Companies)
Case Study 3 Beyond the IBA
Case Study 4 Life After the Mine: Discussion Panel





Workshop 1 – Environmental Sustainability _ Accountability

Taking care of the land, water and wildlife is one of the most important aspects when negotiating an agreement. Mining developments should be conducted in an environmentally, socially, ecologically, culturally and economically sustainable and viable manner for future generations. We will explore the issues and the importance of having this clause in agreements, including what works best for everyone involved.

Workshop 2- Circle of Opportunities

The exploration and mining cycle is long process of perseverance for both the Company and First Nation. It is very important that the First Nation be involved at each stage. This workshop explores the difference stages of the Mining Cycle but also provides the business, community, and employment opportunities at each stage for a First Nation.

Workshop 3- Cultural Sensitivity Training – The Basics

This interactive workshop enables Non-First Nations organizations and individuals gain understanding of the Aboriginal culture and procedures. It is designed to introduce participants to the concept of Cultural Awareness and to provide participants with a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing Aboriginal people of Canada. The course examines Canadian History from an Aboriginal perspective and explores the ways in which historical injustices have impacted on Aboriginal culture. The overall objective is to provide the tools necessary to effectively communicate and consult with the Aboriginal people and their communities.

Workshop 4- TBA

Case Study 1- Youth Inspired

The Whish-Ki-Yak-It Project is a joint partnership between Goldcorp-Mattagami First Nation; together they have created a one of a kind program that amalgamates Science and Traditional Knowledge for the Urban Aboriginal Youth in the Timmins area.  The youth gain a greater understanding of the reclamation phases and processes by researching ways to incorporate indigenous knowledge and teachings into the scientific practices currently being used in the mining industry.  This project was designed to engage Aboriginal youth and assist them in career planning and the opportunities in mineral development. Join us in this engaging and interactive case study and learn how this project can mutually benefit your community and company.

Case Study 2- Revenue Sharing (First Nations, Government and Mining Companies)

British Colombia government has set precedence for all of Canada. The government has committed to sharing mineral tax revenue with First Nations, adding that Aboriginal communities have an important role in developing the province’s resources. The Chief of Tk’emlups Indian Band shares his experience and the facts about revenue sharing. 

Case Study 3- Beyond the IBA

The purpose of this workshop is to look beyond the IBA and focus on the important ramifications of mining development projects after the IBA has been negotiated. It is explored ways that both Aboriginal and mining companies can improve the success rate for future negotiations. When working together best results can be achieved by a Joint Implementation Committee (JIC), come learn on how it can work best for your community and company.

Case Study 4- Life After the Mine- Discussion Panel

The life expectancy varies from mine-to-mine but what happens after? There are many examples of new opportunities that exist for everyone involved. The focus has mainly been environmental but what about economic benefits, the new opportunities and good practices after mine closure. The panel of expert with give ideas, good practices, community economic opportunities and much more.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre

5:00 pm-7:00pm   Registration
5:15 pm – 8:00 pm Evening Presentation and Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre

7:30 am – 8:30 am            Registration _ Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 am   Opening Prayer and Keynote
9:30 am – 9:45 am Learning Together Progress Report:
9:45 am – 10:00 am Community Host Sponsor Remarks
10:00 am – 10:15 am Health Breaks
10:15 am – 12:45 pm Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm “Speed Dating-Style” Networking Lunch Session
1:45 pm – 4:15 pm Case Study 1 Case Study 2 Case Study 3 Case Study 4
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Moderated Plenary Session and Open Dialogue

Friday, March 30, 2012

Chief Drygeese Government Building and Conference Centre

7:30 am – 8:45 am           Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am   Day One Recap
9:15 am – 9:30 am Host Sponsor Remarks
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Session
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Case Study 1 Case Study 2 Case Study 3 Case Study 4
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Moderated Plenary Session with the YouthWebcast @
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks and Prayer