Responsible mineral exploration is possible only through building and sustaining respectful, open, and long-lasting relationships built on trust and mutual understanding. As the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples in remote communities, the mineral exploration and mining industry is uniquely positioned to support efforts toward reconciliation. AME works with Indigenous groups to enable dialogue and understanding and to build the positive relationships that are integral to successful resource development.

AME is recognized as a leader in Indigneous relations and community engagement for the mineral exploration industry. AME was an early advocate in recommending that governments share tax revenue generated from mining directly with local First Nations. British Columbia was the first province in Canada to introduce mineral resource revenue sharing on new mining projects, and has placed a strong focus on community development to assist First Nations in achieving their social and economic goals.

AME is a founding partner of the BC Regional Mining Alliance, a northwest regional partnership between Aboriginal groups, industry and provincial government representatives.

Guiding Principles (2009)

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (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.

Resources

AME’s Aboriginal Engagement Guidebook 

Explore by Location – provincial service that includes contact details for local First Nations for any area of BC.