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TORONTO, ONTARIO–( – March 2, 2012) – The Aboriginal Program at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Convention has expanded this year to meet an increased demand for programming in areas of interest to Aboriginal people and the mineral industry.
“The expansion of the Aboriginal Program is a reflection of the natural partnership between Aboriginal people and the mineral industry,” says PDAC President Scott Jobin-Bevans.
“Exploration and mining can be an engine for socio-economic development in Aboriginal communities-it supports business development, jobs, training, education and sustainable economic and community development.”A highlight of the Aboriginal Program is the Aboriginal Forum on Monday, March 5, which showcases models for successful Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry. This year’s session includes a presentation on the Ring of Fire, with participants from Webequie First Nation, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and Noront Resources Ltd. The forum also provides a venue for the signing of agreements between industry and Aboriginal communities. The event ends with a one-hour networking reception, and is open to the public.
“Through the Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention, we are providing a venue for dialogue, information sharing and networking to increase Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, promote partnerships and work towards prosperity for Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry,” says Mr. Jobin-Bevans.
The Aboriginal Program also includes a short course on Aboriginal awareness and relationship building, a technical session on training and human resource development, and the presentation of the Skookum Jim Award to Nuna Group of Companies in recognition of their involvement in the mineral industry. Two new sessions that have been added this year, one on consultation and one on engagement, agreements and capacity building, are open to the public. The program runs March 5 – 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information, visit www.pdac.ca.
About the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Convention is the mineral industry’s largest annual convention. The 2011 convention attracted nearly 28,000 attendees, including 7,000 international delegates from 120 countries. In 2011, the PDAC Convention contributed over $72 million to the local economy. The convention runs March 4 – 7, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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