Marcel Colomb First Nation and Alamos Gold Inc. Launch a Land-Based Youth Development Project with the Support of the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

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Marcel Colomb First Nation and Alamos Gold Inc. Launch a Land-Based Youth Development Project with the Support of the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 2020417 Views

Marcel Colomb First Nation and Alamos Gold Inc. Launch a Land-Based Youth Development Project with the Support of the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

Lynn Lake, Manitoba (December 9, 2020) – Today Marcel Colomb First Nation (MCFN) along with Alamos Gold Inc. (Alamos Gold) announced the launch of a Youth Development Project, with the support of $30,000 in funding from the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund. It is intended to be the first in a series of projects that will facilitate traditional knowledge and skills training among local Indigenous youth, leading to future careers in the mining sector in support of Manitoba’s Look North Action Plan priorities for developing Northern Manitoba’s economy.  MCFN and Alamos Gold are both contributing $15,000 for a project total of $60,000.

“With Alamos Gold’s proposal to build the Lynn Lake Gold Project in our traditional territory, our collaboration is vital. This program provides our youth the opportunity to gain hands-on skills and knowledge in a way that lends well to future employment with the project,” said Chris Colomb, Chief of Marcel Colomb First Nation. “It is also an opportunity for Elders, Knowledge Holders and Mentors from the community to guide youth through the project.”

Featured in the photo (left to right): Ernest Merasty (Chepil Project Leader), Marcel ‘Moody’ Colomb (Youth Participant), Sarah Copapay (MCFN Employee Training Manager), Michael Raess (Alamos Gold Manager, Environment and Community Relations), Don McCollum (MCFN Councillor), Gordon Halkett (Cabin Contractor), Douglas Hart (MCFN Housing Manager), Cory Hart (MCFN Councillor) and Eagle Colomb (Youth Participant).

Starting immediately, this will be land-based, hands-on training and will occur under the supervision of Elders and subject experts as part of a holistic approach involving traditional practices and ceremonies. While adhering to strict public health COVID-19 protocols, participants in the project will be mentored and trained as they learn how to construct a cabin and build a new trail to provide access to Chepil Lake on the north side of the Black Sturgeon Reserve.

“We see this project with the Marcel Colomb First Nation as an excellent collaboration that allows Alamos Gold to support the community and provide a great foundation for future training opportunities leading to employment at the proposed Lynn Lake Gold Project,” said Colin Webster, Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs at Alamos Gold. “The program will also support relationship building, provide a forum for knowledge sharing, and enhance our understanding of community traditions and the reconciliation journey outcomes that are closely tied to this project.”

“This project will help train young people in Northern Manitoba with the skills to support business and employment opportunities in the emerging mining developments,” said Chuck Davidson, Chair of the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund. “We are pleased to support this partnership program, which is exactly the kind of collaboration we encourage in Northern Manitoba and for the benefit of the Marcel Colomb First Nation community and mining sector.”

The Manitoba Mineral Development Fund was established to support strategic projects that contribute to sustainable economic growth in Manitoba by capitalizing on the province’s mineral potential and other existing assets.  In addition, the Look North Action Plan is available here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/looknorth/look-north-report.pdf

About Marcel Colomb First Nation

Marcel Colomb First Nation (MCFN), Band #328, is a First Nations Band of approximately 449 Registered Woodland Cree (Nēhynawak) located in the area of Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada. Marcel Colomb First Nation is an independent First Nation.

About Alamos Gold Inc.

Alamos is a Canadian-based intermediate gold producer with diversified production from three operating mines in North America. This includes the Young-Davidson and Island Gold mines in northern Ontario, and the Mulatos mine in Sonora State, Mexico. Additionally, the Company has a significant portfolio of development stage projects in Canada, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States. Alamos employs more than 1,700 people and is committed to the highest standards of sustainable development and engagement with host communities. The Company’s shares are traded on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol “AGI”.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Chief Chris Colomb
Marcel Colomb First Nation
(204) 356-2439

Rebecca Thompson
Vice President, Public Affairs
(416) 368-9932 x 5448

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