Indigenous Peoples often have profound and special connections to the environment where Barrick operates. These connections are tied to their physical, spiritual, cultural, and economic well-being.
Considering the values, needs, and concerns of Indigenous Peoples in site activities is fundamental to our partnership approach and the way we do business. Doing so can support the development of long term, mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Peoples affected by our activities. Partnerships with Indigenous Peoples can contribute to more sustainable land management and a stable operating environment.
All sites where Indigenous Peoples have rights over or special connections to the land where mining-related activities are located are required to develop and implement an Indigenous Peoples Plan that outlines specific actions to engage, address impacts and provide opportunities to Indigenous Peoples.
In May 2013, the ICMM Council of CEOs approved an Indigenous Peoples and Mining Position Statement. It articulates a progressive set of commitments that applies to all ICMM member companies, most notably a commitment to work towards obtaining the consent, as defined by the ICMM Position Statement, of Indigenous Peoples “for new projects (and changes to existing projects) that are located on lands traditionally owned by or under customary use of Indigenous Peoples and are likely to have significant adverse impacts on Indigenous Peoples.” The commitments in the position statement come into effect for new projects or major expansions in May 2015.
New projects and significant expansions of operations located on lands traditionally owned by, or under the customary rights of Indigenous Peoples must align their activities with the ICMM Position Statement. Barrick sites must also develop and implement an Indigenous Peoples Plan that outlines specific actions to engage, address impacts and provide opportunities to Indigenous Peoples. As a company, Barrick has committed to work towards obtaining consent from significantly impacted Indigenous Peoples for new projects and major changes to existing projects, aligned with the ICMM Position Statement.
Four of Barrick’s operations are located near the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples. All of these sites have formal agreements with the communities.
In addition, three of Barrick’s projects are located near Indigenous Peoples’ territories. We have had agreements with these communities, including an agreement with the Colla community for a review of the Cerro Casale ESIA and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Diaguita signed in April 2014 for the Pascua-Lama Project.
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