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Government Supporting First Nations Engagement

by NationTalk on April 3, 2007739 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007EMPR0015-000380
April 3, 2007

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

KAMLOOPS – The Province has provided $100,000 to the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C. (AME BC) to support First Nations participation in B.C.’s booming mining and minerals sector, Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger announced today.

“By providing AME BC with this funding, we are enabling one of Canada’s leading mining industry associations with the means to assist B.C. First Nations in a meaningful and constructive way,” said Krueger, who made the announcement during a keynote address at the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) mining conference. “By supporting First Nations engagement we are building on the principles and approach of the New Relationship and building on our commitments established in the BC Mining Plan.”The funding will be administered through AME BC and will increase B.C. First Nations’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of the mining industry. It will also allow First Nations representatives to participate at major mining conferences and events, including the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) conference, Minerals North and Mineral Exploration Roundup.

AME BC is an industry association leader in engaging First Nations. AME BC participated in a special First Nations and Mining Workshop held prior to Mineral Exploration Roundup 2007 and has developed an Aboriginal and Community Engagement Handbook for mining and mineral sector proponents.

“We are very pleased at the minister’s announcement of $100,000 to assist with First Nations community outreach. Mineral exploration and mining present unprecedented training and employment opportunities for First Nations communities throughout B.C.,” said AME BC president & CEO Dan Jepsen. “There are 25 new mines in the environmental assessment process throughout the province and it is estimated that our sector will have over 8,000 new positions available in the next 10 years. This funding will play a key role in providing resources for First Nations to explore 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.

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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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