$100,000 Builds First Nations Mining Relationships

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For Immediate Release
April 1, 2008

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

KAMLOOPS – The Province of British Columbia provided $100,000 to the Association for Mineral Exploration in British Columbia (AME BC) to support First Nations’ participation in mining and to build stronger relationships in the mining industry, announced Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger.“Mining in the 21st century is all about developing partnerships with industry, government and First Nations,” said Krueger, who made the announcement during a keynote address at the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) mining conference. “These partnerships can and will encourage understanding and will give First Nations the opportunity to be more involved in the industry.”

The funding will be administered through AME BC and will increase First Nations’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of the mining industry. It will allow First Nations representatives to participate at major mining conferences and events, including the KEG conference, Minerals North and Mineral Exploration Roundup. The funding will also provide support for mining special projects.

“First Nations play an integral role in B.C.’s mineral exploration and mining industries through their participation and knowledge of the lands in their traditional territories,” said Dan Jepsen, president and CEO of AME BC. “The ministry’s funding of $100,000 will go a long way towards helping the industry engage First Nations and inform them about the numerous business and employment opportunities in mineral exploration and mining.”

AME BC is regarded as the predominant voice of mineral exploration and related issues in the province, and represents over 3,800 members. AME BC promotes a healthy environment and business climate for the mineral exploration industry on behalf of its members through leadership, partnerships and advocacy.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is committed to developing a thriving, competitive, safe and environmentally responsible mineral resource sector for the benefit of all British Columbians.

Since 2005, the Province has been building a new relationship with First Nations based on respect, recognition and reconciliation. Through treaties and other agreements with First Nations, the Province is committed to closing the socio-economic gap that separates Aboriginal people from other British Columbians.


Media contact:

Jake Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628
250 213-6934 (cell)

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