Aboriginal Relations

AME is recognized as an expert in aboriginal and community engagement for the mineral exploration sector.

Responsible mineral exploration is possible only through building and sustaining strong, open, and long-lasting relationships built on trust and mutual understanding. AME works with local communities and First Nations to build the positive relationships that are integral to successful resource development.

AME provides tools and assistance that allow its members to engage with local communities and First Nations. With an imminent shortage of skilled employees over the next several years, the association also participates in initiatives to develop Aboriginal skills and increase Aboriginal employment in the minerals sector workforce.

AME Aboriginal Engagement Guidebook

The Aboriginal Engagement Guidebook was developed with the financial support of AME members to facilitate their exploration efforts. AME members may receive one free hard copy of the publication; non-member copies and additional copies may be ordered for $15.95 from AME; contact 604.689.5271 x 239 or info@amebc.ca.

Community

Community engagement and outreach is a top priority for AME and BC’s global mineral exploration and development sector. Responsible mineral exploration is possible through finding common ground and building and sustaining strong, open, and long-lasting relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

AME works with local communities, both rural and urban, and regional exploration groups to build the positive relationships that are integral to positive mineral resource development and mutual prosperity. As responsible mineral explorers and developers we play a key role in sustainable development and finding the balance between social, environmental and economic considerations in order to meet the growing needs of all communities while maintaining a healthy environment and vibrant economy for present and future generations.

AME is proactively demonstrating leadership, developing partnerships and strengthening community relationships by seeking, engaging and supporting dialogue regarding mineral exploration and development activities.

Key examples of community outreach and engagement by AME include:

  • Contributing to regional exploration group events;
  • Actively participating in local government conferences;
  • Supporting community events and charities such as the BC Children’s Hospital through the Mining for Miracles campaign; and
  • Providing educational outreach through the Mining 101 initiative.

Guiding Principles

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME) recognizes that building respectful and sustainable relationships with Aboriginal Peoples will assist its members in having access to land and resources, security of tenure, access to services and labour, and to operate according to standards of good corporate practice.

As such, in conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:

  1. Work proactively with Aboriginal Peoples to build mutually beneficial relationships based on a shared understanding of our respective rights and interests.
  2. Respect existing and asserted Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  3. Respect Aboriginal communities’ assertions regarding their traditional territories.
  4. Respect the diversity of interests and cultures among Aboriginal Peoples and their respective relationships and views towards land and its resources.
  5. Assist, to the extent reasonable, governments in carrying out their duty to consult and, where appropriate, accommodate Aboriginal Peoples regarding government decisions that may affect existing and asserted Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  6. Ensure early and timely discussions with local Aboriginal communities regarding activities that may affect them.
  7. Provide potentially affected communities with the information needed to encourage open, meaningful dialogue that addresses their interests and concerns.
  8. Encourage the governments to carry out their duty to consult in a manner that reasonably balances existing and asserted Aboriginal and treaty rights with the interests of AME and its members.

Government Resource Sharing

British Columbia is the first province in Canada to share direct revenue generated from mining and the process for development of revenue sharing is to be decided on a project-by-project basis. Revenue sharing on new mining projects places a strong focus on community development to assist First Nations in achieving their social and economic goals.

The revenue-sharing approach is to be used where there is a proposed project that will result in a new stream of direct resource revenue to the Province. This process ensures that First Nations receive revenue throughout the life of those mining projects.