Barrick’s Hemlo mine in northern Ontario is within close proximity of both the Pic Mobert and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly Pic River First Nations).
Barrick has developed strong relationships with both communities and actively engages with them on a number of issues, including skills development and environmental stewardship. The relationship provides both First Nations with opportunities for labor contracts, implementation meetings, site closure planning, and training and educational opportunities.
We have agreements in place with Pic Mobert First Nation and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly Pic River First Nation), which provide a foundation of positive working relationships, specifically with regard to information sharing, environmental impacts, community/cultural support, youth support, capacity building, training and employment. An Implementation Committee has been formed with both First Nations, consisting of representatives from the First Nation and the mine. The groups meet every six weeks to ensure dialogue and interactive relationships are maintained.
In October 2015, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the Métis Nation of Ontario; the MoU’s objective is to establish a mutually beneficial, cooperative, productive and ongoing working relationship between the mine and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).
Barrick provides ongoing support for both First Nations to employ environmental monitors, one from each local First Nation community. Both monitors work primarily in the First Nation, with only some time spent at the mine site where they engage first-hand with Hemlo’s environment department in our sampling program and environmental monitoring program.
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