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Wanted: Your input

January 5th, 2018

Geoscience B.C. seeks stakeholders’ advice to help guide its future

by Greg Klein

Often forgotten in the quest for the next big discovery are the wide-ranging advantages of learning more about planet Earth. With a mandate to gather intel for the public domain, Geoscience B.C. has undertaken about 160 projects studying British Columbia’s portion of the planet and what lies beneath its surface. Now the non-profit’s reaching out to the public for guidance on its upcoming five-year strategic plan.

Geoscience B.C. seeks stakeholders’ advice to help guide its future

In addition to smaller-scale and often innovative surveys,
Geoscience B.C.’s regional programs have covered vast swaths
of British Columbia. (Photo: Geoscience B.C.)

Late last month the organization began a three-part program comprising an online survey, focus groups and phone interviews “to get as much feedback as possible on how we’re doing and what sort of work people think we should be doing over the coming years,” says director of external relations Richard Truman. “We want to make sure we’re heading in the right direction and the work we’re doing is answering the right questions for people.

“Most of our funding is public funding and our core funding comes from the province of B.C.,” he adds. “I think it’s important to show we’re delivering good value and therefore we have to demonstrate that we’re answering the questions people have, whether they’re indigenous leaders, someone from a mining company or someone from the oil and gas companies. That’s one of the ways we demonstrate our value as an organization.”

The results will help guide the organization’s next five-year plan expected by April.

The easiest way to take part comes through an online survey that takes about eight minutes to complete. But don’t put this off. The survey closes January 26.

Interested in taking part in a short phone interview? You can submit your name to to talk with a Geoscience B.C. researcher.

Finally, there’s a series of focus groups tentatively scheduled for seven cities, with registration available through the following links:

The one non-B.C. event heads beyond the Rockies to hear from Calgary-based companies active in the northeastern oil patch.

As for the focus groups, they’re expected to attract governments at three levels, “municipal governments especially because they tend to use our information in their land planning process or to try to bring investment into their areas, especially in the north of B.C.,” Truman explains.

[Native groups are] interested in land planning and, on the oil and gas side, figuring out where water use might be appropriate or not for fracking. Or on the minerals side, where mineral deposits might be so they can decide whether future development might be appropriate and whether they want to be involved.—Richard Truman

Other participants will include native groups. “They’re usually interested for reasons similar to the municipal governments,” he adds. “They’re interested in land planning and, on the oil and gas side, figuring out where water use might be appropriate or not for fracking. Or on the minerals side, where mineral deposits might be so they can decide whether future development might be appropriate and whether they want to be involved.

“There’s academia as well, because we’re funding a lot of the work they do, and they have some good ideas about what we should be doing. And then you have the resource sectors themselves, minerals and mining, oil and gas, and we work on geothermal energy too. Generally speaking, those are the core people who show interest in what we do, so we want to hear from them about whether we’re headed in the right direction.”

Certainly the organization’s 160 projects so far show ambitious, even innovative undertakings. “At any time we’ve got an awful lot going on,” Truman notes. One project that’s just finished is Search Phase III, a helicopter-borne magnetic and radiometric survey that covered 9,600 square kilometres flying at an unusually low 80 metres above ground.

Targeting west-central B.C. regions, the earlier phases flew 24,000 square kilometres and 6,700 square kilometres respectively. Phase III extended the study eastward.

Results will be announced on January 23 at AME Roundup 2018, the Association for Mineral Exploration conference held in Vancouver this year from January 22 to 25. With the data likely complementing this year’s theme of New Generation of Discovery, Geoscience B.C. intends to “present the results with some analysis to give people an idea of what they can actually do with this information.”

Back to the survey, participants have three ways to take part but, Truman emphasizes, the online questionnaire ends January 26.

Read more about Geoscience B.C. and its Search program.

Read more about AME Roundup 2018, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from January 22 to 25.

Saskatchewan Mining Association chairperson Jessica Theriault signals “growing leadership role of women in mining”

May 25th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 25, 2017

The director of environmental affairs for The Mosaic Company NYSE:MOS, Jessica Theriault has been elected to lead the Saskatchewan Mining Association board. A former SMA director and member of its environment committee, she has an environmental engineering degree and MBA from the University of Regina, along with 19 years of environmental experience in Saskatchewan potash mining.

Saskatchewan Mining Association chairperson Jessica Theriault signals “growing leadership role of women in mining”

Jessica Theriault

Theriault succeeds Neil McMillan, who serves as chairperson of Cameco Corp TSX:CCO.

“Given the importance of mining to the Saskatchewan and Canadian economies, and the strength of our industry’s reputation, my focus as chair will be to ensure that we continue to deliver, but also drive improvements across the sector,” said Theriault.

Elected as SMA vice-chairperson was Tammy Van Lambalgen, VP of corporate affairs and general counsel for AREVA Resources Canada.

Although the SMA already has a female president in Pamela Schwann, the association noted that Theriault will be the first woman to lead its board. Her election, along with that of Van Lambalgen, “represents a significant milestone in signalling the growing leadership role of women in mining,” the SMA stated. “It also shines a light on the diversity of rewarding careers for women in the mining sector in Saskatchewan, home to global mining and exploration companies and the top jurisdiction in the world for attracting mineral investment according to the annual Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies.”

The news follows last week’s appointment of Edie Thome as president/CEO of the British Columbia-based Association for Mineral Exploration, which already had a female chairperson in Diane Nicolson. But in 2002, when the position of AME president was voluntary and the executive director was the staff lead position, Shari Gardiner served as president.

That province lost a prominent female industry spokesperson in April, however, when Karina Briño stepped down as B.C. Mining Association president/CEO to take on a mining role in her native Chile.

Earlier this month Saskatchewan mining companies pledged $1 million to the International Minerals Innovation Institute to help encourage greater employment of women and natives in the industry.

Edie Thome takes the helm at the Association for Mineral Exploration

May 16th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 16, 2017

A new leader from outside mining but with a highly complementary background nonetheless, Edie Thome joins the Association for Mineral Exploration as president/CEO on June 19.

Edie Thome takes the helm at the Association for Mineral Exploration

Edie Thome

She “brings a wealth of experience in government relations, permitting and public affairs as well as on-the-ground experience working with stakeholders, First Nations, elected officials and land owners on projects in the resource sector,” AME announced. “Through her work, she is familiar with advocacy efforts at both the provincial and federal levels and, specifically, how the legislative and regulatory framework can support or hinder productive, responsible resource development within British Columbia and Canada.”

Most recently she’s been BC Hydro’s director of environment, permitting and compliance, aboriginal relations and public affairs, holding those responsibilities for the Site C dam megaproject. Previous roles included risk management, environment, operations and customer service for BC Hydro, as well as VP of customer service, airport operations and corporate communications for Harmony Airways. Since 2014 Thome has chaired the non-profit Canadian Hydropower Association.

Welcoming her, AME chairperson Diane Nicolson said, “With her experience in stakeholder engagement and government affairs as well as association management, she is well-positioned to lead AME as it continues to work with First Nations, local communities and government in ensuring mineral discoveries can be advanced and developed into new mines, providing important economic opportunities here in British Columbia and around the world.”

Thome replaces Gavin C. Dirom, who leaves to pursue other opportunities. In a February statement announcing his departure, Nicolson thanked him for eight years of service, “especially through the prolonged downturn and into the current recovery in the industry. Under Gavin’s leadership, AME has been a stabilizing factor and a strong advocate for mineral exploration and development.”

AME represents over 415 corporate and 4,200 individual members active in B.C. and internationally.

Vote Mining brings industry awareness to B.C. election discourse

April 24th, 2017

by Greg Klein | April 24, 2017

With a British Columbia election underway, the province’s Vote Mining campaign spotlights a key industry. A non-partisan program, its backers maintain, it’s a way to raise awareness of mineral exploration and extraction by three advocacy groups: the Mining Association of B.C., the Association for Mineral Exploration and the Mining Suppliers Association of B.C.

Jobs became an election focus as soon as the writ dropped. Hoping to avoid a 2013 replay, the NDP this time seems determined to match the incumbent BC Liberals’ attention to the issue. That would make mining and exploration all the more prominent when, according to the Mining Suppliers Association, over 30,000 direct and indirect B.C. jobs stem from the sector.

As MABC president/CEO Karina Briño pointed out, “Mining contributed $7.78 billion to the B.C. economy in 2015 and contributed $476 million in payments to government, supporting important social programs such as schools and hospitals.” provides plenty of digestible info on mining’s contribution to B.C.’s economy and revenues, the wide range of jobs, skills and professions involved, the sector’s importance to First Nations and virtually every region of the province, as well as the province’s importance to global mining.

The website also offers a list of suggested questions to ask candidates and links to four party platforms. Infographics by Visual Capitalist provide, for example, a crash course in mining equity financing and some examples of our dependency on mined commodities.

“B.C.’s mineral exploration and mining industry remains a major driver for the provincial economy,” noted AME president/CEO Gavin C. Dirom. “As partners in the Vote Mining campaign, we wish to provide British Columbians with factual information that will showcase how important it is for candidates and voters to support such a critical industry that creates local opportunities for people living in every region of the province.”

Follow Vote Mining on Twitter: @VoteMining

Opinions vary by region when it comes to mineral exploration and mine development

April 20th, 2017

With a provincial election weeks away, Peter Caulfield asked sources in three British Columbia regions to comment on the importance of mining for the Association for Mineral Exploration’s quarterly magazine, Mineral Exploration. In general terms, the responses differ from views commonly heard in cities geographically removed but hardly independent of resource economies and the commodities they produce. In that respect, the relevance of Caulfield’s article applies far beyond B.C. The article is posted here with the permission of AME.


Opinions vary by region when it comes to mineral exploration and mine development

by Peter Caulfield

In a province that is as large and diverse as British Columbia, it’s natural that opinions on most topics—including mineral exploration and development—will be diverse too.

What the average person in Oak Bay or Yaletown thinks about a new mine or pipeline will be very different from what’s going through the head of somebody who lives in the northwestern corner of British Columbia or in the Kootenays in southeastern B.C.

As the province’s May 9 election approaches, Mineral Exploration wanted to know what’s on the mind of voters who live in the parts of the province that are most dependent on resource development. We talked to three well-connected observers of local politics in four provincial constituencies: Kamloops-North Thompson and Kamloops-South Thompson, Stikine and Kootenay East. We asked each of them what the hot-button issues are in their respective constituencies and whether mineral exploration and mine development is important to their fellow voters.

The following interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity.



Maria Ryder, District of Stewart councillor for 2.5 years, chief of the volunteer fire department and 25-year Stewart resident

Opinions vary by region when it comes to mineral exploration and mine development

(Photo: Carl Ryan/AME)

The main projects in the Stewart region are Brucejack (Pretium Resources TSX:PVG), the Premier mine (Ascot Resources TSXV:AOT), Red Mountain (IDM Mining TSXV:IDM) and the Red Chris mine (Imperial Metals TSX:III).

Along with Terrace and Kitimat, Stewart is one of the largest communities in the district. We are growing in population, especially in the summer, when workers and their families descend on the town, drawn by mineral exploration and hydro projects and by Stewart’s two ports.

It’s very different here from urban British Columbia, and the people from down south who come up here to work find out just how different it is. And some of them discover how different some of our opinions and concerns are from theirs.

Because we get a lot of snow in the winter, much of the employment in Stewart is seasonal and the people who live here adjust their lives accordingly. Every year between March and November we’re busy, and between November and March things are pretty slow. But we’re used to it and we adjust.

The main election issue here is sustainable job creation through industrial development. We want jobs that stay and that provide stability to Stewart.


Kootenay East

Lois Halko, District of Sparwood second-term councillor and former mayor, born and raised in Sparwood

Opinions vary by region when it comes to mineral exploration and mine development

(Photo: Malcom Lennox/AME)

The main economic drivers of the region are the mining of metallurgical coal, which is B.C.’s single biggest export, and the activities of the local suppliers to the coal industry.

There are five Teck [Teck Resources TSX:TECK.A and TSX:TECK.B] metallurgical coal mines in the region: Coal Mountain, Elkview, Fording River, Greenhills and Line Creek. In addition, there are four mining companies that are interested in developing mines in the Elk Valley area: CanAus Coal, Centermount Coal, NWP Coal Canada and Riversdale Resources.

The five Teck mines have a total of 3,600 full-time employees, of whom 2,400 live in four communities in the Elk Valley area.

Because it is used to make steel, and because steel is such an essential product in everyone’s life, metallurgical coal should be recognized as a critical resource. It’s certainly critical to the people who live in Sparwood.

Teck has earned its social licence to continue mining here. The public has accepted the company’s efforts to mitigate any of the effects of coal mining, such as contaminants leaching into the water supply. Teck has done a lot of work to reduce the problem.

At the same time, we know that we need to diversify our economy. It’s something the local municipalities talk about a lot. The Sparwood regional economy is one of the least diversified in the province, which has made us very vulnerable to a cycle of boom and bust. The region has lots more to offer than just coal deposits, and we’re trying to leverage our mountains and natural beauty to build a thriving tourist industry.


Kamloops-North Thompson and Kamloops-South Thompson

Ryan Scorgie, president of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and its 850 members take a great deal of interest in all kinds of resource development, including mineral development in Kamloops-North Thompson and Kamloops-South Thompson.

The main mineral projects in the area are the Ajax project (KGHM International), the New Afton mine (New Gold TSX:NGD) and Highland Valley Copper (Teck).

Opinions about resource development are mixed in Kamloops. Most of the working people here are for it, but many of the academics at Thompson Rivers University are against, so the Chamber of Commerce hears both sides of the argument. Our position is that if a project goes through the appropriate review process and passes it, then we support it.

In fact, the Chamber thinks process is so important that our Policy Development Committee developed a policy regarding resource development in 2016 called Supporting Canada’s Responsible Resource Development.

The policy statement is more important than its brevity might indicate, because it was adopted provincially just a few months after it was written.

Opinions vary by region when it comes to mineral exploration and mine development

(Photo: Neil Leonard/AME)

The committee writes, in part: “The Chamber believes that it is critical that B.C. maintains its reputation as a jurisdiction open to investment. Achieving the investments needed to ensure Canada’s competitiveness will require an efficient regulatory review process that ensures continued health and environmental protection of Canadians while generating jobs, economic growth and prosperity.

“A streamlined process will encourage investment by providing businesses with a clear and predictable process to protect the environment while making the best use of limited government resources.

“Inefficient and unpredictable processes may turn away potential investors and prevent businesses from being able to make informed location and logistic decisions. For example, the World Economic Forum has cited inefficient government bureaucracy as one of the biggest impediments to improving Canada’s economic competitiveness.

“We need to make sure that the regulatory review process is efficient and has a clear scope, reasonable timelines and the flexibility to address unforeseen circumstances.”

Originally published in the spring 2017 edition of Mineral Exploration. Posted here with the permission of the Association for Mineral Exploration.

As new budgets announced, Canadian mineral exploration gets some government support

March 10th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 10, 2017

The exploration industry had a good week for government incentives from Ottawa, the Northwest Territories and, going back a bit farther, British Columbia. Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr helped kick off PDAC by announcing a one-year renewal of the 15% mineral exploration tax credit, along with his government’s maintenance of the flow-through credit. The announcement incorporates key PDAC submissions for the federal budget, expected to be delivered later this month.

As new budgets announced, Canadian mineral exploration gets some government support

Citing estimates from Finance Canada, the Association for Mineral Exploration said the flow-through credit stimulates $3 in exploration for every $1 in tax saving.

On March 3 the NWT announced an increase in the territory’s mining incentive program from $400,000 to $1 million. Last year five companies received grants for six projects ranging from $34,575 to $85,000. Five prospectors got amounts ranging from $11,952 to $15,000.

The NWT also extended its work credit program for another two years and boosted the incentive by making it easier to keep claims active. Exploration spending will now be assessed at one and a half times its value.

NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines president Gary Vivian called the budget adjustments “the right action to help the NWT grow the lower-than-expected exploration investment recently projected by Natural Resources Canada.” The federal agency predicts a 3% spending reduction on the territory’s exploration and deposit appraisals, to $64.4 million this year.

“Furthermore, the GNWT’s actions are well aligned with the NWT Minerals Development Strategy, which is critical for the sustainability of the minerals industry in the north and the valuable socio-economic activity this industry brings to the governments and people of the NWT,” Vivian added.

A week earlier, B.C. tabled a budget confirming Premier Christy Clark’s announcement at AME’s Roundup conference in January. The province extended its flow-through credit to the end of the year and expanded eligibility for the mining exploration tax credit to include costs of environmental studies and community consultations. Further encouragement came from a two-year, $10-million grant to Geoscience BC.

Additionally, the province’s Ministry of Energy and Mines gets an extra $18 million over three years to help support permitting, compliance and enforcement.

The industry’s buoyant mood, noticed in the latter part of 2016 and evident at VRIC 2017, Roundup and PDAC, follows a particularly bad year for B.C. According to a report from the provincial ministry, AME and EY, exploration spending in the province declined through four consecutive years, dropping last year to $205 million from exploration companies and $1.8 million from prospectors. That represented a 25% decline over 2015 and the lowest level since 2009.

(Natural Resources Canada reports a 2016 B.C. low of $220.4 million.)

Released March 7, the British Columbia Mineral and Coal Exploration Survey 2016 said the province had come to the end of a 10- to 15-year mine development cycle, returning to a cycle focusing on grassroots and early-stage exploration.

“Notwithstanding the current downturn, the industry remained an important source of jobs and was, and continues to be, an economic contributor to communities throughout the province,” the report stated.

Natural Resources Canada forecasts about $237.5 million being spent on B.C. exploration and deposit appraisals in 2017, more than 7.7% above the agency’s 2016 total. For the country overall, NRC predicts an 18% increase this year, to $1.844 billion.

Infographic: VRIC 2017 approaches but there’s still time for free registration

January 18th, 2017
Infographic: VRIC 2017 approaches but there’s still time for free registration

Ever-popular Yukon Dan returns to AME B.C.’s Roundup, overlapping with VRIC.

You might want to be there just for the buzz—the world’s largest investor event for resource exploration returns amid revived optimism. This is the opportunity to learn from the experts, meet the companies and soak up the gossip.

There’s simply no better place to do that than Cambridge House International’s Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2017, taking place January 22 and 23.

By fortunate design, VRIC overlaps with AME B.C.’s Roundup 2017, the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s annual conference. Roundup officially runs January 23 to 26, but pre-events include the family-friendly Discovery Day on January 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Roundup and VRIC take place side by side, at the Vancouver Convention Centre East and West. Follow the links for Roundup registration and VRIC registration.


Infographic: VRIC 2017 approaches but there’s still time for free registration

Infographic: AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2017 approaches

December 12th, 2016
AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2017 approaches


by Kendra Johnston, Roundup 2017 organizing committee chairperson | December 12, 2016

This year’s Mineral Exploration Roundup brings together geoscientists, prospectors, investors, suppliers and First Nation partners to share ideas that will help shape the future of mineral exploration and development. As the industry continues to work through the current downturn, we reflect on the importance of networking, professional development and relationship building with our partners, stakeholders and competitors. Mineral deposits are becoming harder to find; we must now travel to more remote locations, search deeper beneath cover and sometimes settle for lower grades. These aspects, coupled with the challenging market conditions, remind us that we must be more creative and collaborative as we explore to discover and develop new mineral deposits.

With the theme of Gearing Up for Discovery, this year’s conference focuses on sharing new ideas, generating new connections and creating collaborative solutions. Our prominent Technical Sessions will highlight projects that have overcome challenges to succeed by using a combination of tried and tested techniques and new, innovative solutions. The best-practice Show Case Sessions will explore new ideas in areas of the industry that must be mastered to successfully navigate challenges and opportunities. Lastly, our public outreach presentation, Discovery Day, has been expanded to feature more interactive displays, industry-focused public interest talks and activities for your whole family.

Join us at Roundup 2017 from January 23 to 26 at Canada Place in Vancouver. Learn, share ideas and connect with others from every aspect of the industry, from prospecting to reclamation and everything in between.

Click here for registration information.

Miners, explorers respond to federal Liberals’ budget 2016

March 24th, 2016

by Greg Klein | March 24, 2016

As Canada’s new government unveiled its first of a series of deficit budgets, juniors applauded the one-year extension to the 15% mineral exploration tax credit. When harmonized with British Columbia’s flow-through, for example, a B.C. resident qualifies for a combined credit of about 32%, the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C. pointed out.

Along with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, AME B.C. also supported the feds’ proposal to allow expenses relating to environmental studies and community consultation to qualify for credits. “Engagement with project stakeholders and environmental planning and management are key components of mineral exploration and development programs,” said president/CEO Gavin Dirom.

Miners, explorers respond to federal Liberals’ first budget

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulates Finance
Minister Bill Morneau after he put Canada deeper in debt.
(Photo: Government of Canada)

The association also welcomed $87.2 million for Natural Resources Canada projects supporting research in forestry, mining and minerals, earth sciences and mapping, and innovative energy technology.

“This investment will extend the useful life of aging laboratories and reduce the impact of antiquated work spaces on the delivery of Natural Resources Canada’s science priorities,” the budget stated. That money was “long overdue,” according to the Mining Association of Canada.

MAC also noted investments in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, “that will help ensure sufficient capacity exists to carry out efficient regulatory reviews of major mining projects.”

Among other improvements, the budget resolves “a tax irritant of double taxation of GHG emission allowances,” MAC added. Other features embraced by the association include up to $800 million to “support innovation networks and clusters” and a proposed four-year, $1-billion commitment for clean technology and innovation in natural resources. MAC expressed hope that infrastructure funding—more than $120 billion over 10 years—will improve transportation and northern development.

But the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines called for “direct spending on new nation-building northern infrastructure in roads, power and ports,” something the organization didn’t see specified in the budget. The chamber welcomed the increase in the northern cost-of-living deduction, pilot funding for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, continued funding for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency “to improve the timeliness, predictability and transparency” of regulatory reviews, ongoing support for northern geoscience projects and money for research and traditional knowledge of the arctic environment.

What the chamber recommended but didn’t get was a higher exploration credit for northerners “given the competitive disadvantage we face due to higher costs.” Other neglected requests included support for settlement of northern aboriginal land claims and “curbing the increased alienation of lands and waters in conservation areas.”

PDAC expressed overall satisfaction with the Liberals’ first effort. “The budget adopts a holistic approach to resource development with support for innovation, financing, aboriginal and community consultation, and northern economic development,” said president Bob Schafer.

AME BC comments on Nenqay Deni Accord between B.C. and the Tsilhqot’in Nation

February 17th, 2016

A statement from the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia | February 17, 2016

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) has undertaken a preliminary review of the Nenqay Deni Accord as announced between the B.C. government and the Tsilhqot’in Nation on February 12, 2016.

“While AME BC supports the important and complex work of reconciling, respecting and balancing interests between the Tsilhqot’in Nation and the government of British Columbia, as well as with all the other First Nations in B.C., our initial assessment of the Nenqay Deni Accord raises significant concerns for the mineral exploration industry, especially in regard to mineral tenures on public land,” says Gavin C. Dirom, president and CEO of AME BC. “Security of tenure is critical to our industry, and uncertainty in this regard acts as a deterrent to investment and comes at a time when B.C.’s mineral resource industry is facing serious economic challenges.”

The Nenqay Deni Accord affects a very large area of central B.C. (see accord and map), within which the Tsilhqot’in bands will be provided ownership, management and control of substantial lands. These specific lands have yet to be identified within this larger area, but they will be in addition to the lands that are included in the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 title declaration. Furthermore, the agreement provides a timeframe of up to five years for the Tsilhqot’in bands and the B.C. government to determine precisely which lands will be subject to Tsilhqot’in management and control. Notably, the accord states that land selection will not be limited to historic use or strength of claim.

“AME BC was not consulted during the development of this agreement,” says Dirom. “So we will be taking some time to carefully review the accord in order to better understand what it may mean for the B.C. mineral exploration and development industry, especially in terms of the rights of existing and future mineral tenure holders and investors in the province of British Columbia’s sub-surface mineral resources.”

In principle, AME BC believes that acknowledging and working within the relevant law and respecting First Nations’ as well as third-party interests are preconditions to achieving success through mutual understanding, trust and respect.

Mineral exploration and development provide real and significant socio-economic opportunities and benefits to First Nations, local communities, B.C. and Canada. The mineral development potential of the lands outlined under the accord could well be an important aspect in assisting the Tsilhqot’in and B.C. government attain their socio-economic and reconciliation goals.

“AME BC fully supports reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal groups but believes this must be achieved in a manner that respects all interests and which enhances investor confidence in B.C.,” concludes Dirom.

AME BC is the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME BC represents, advocates, protects and promotes the interests of thousands of members who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in B.C. and throughout the world. AME BC encourages a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible industry by providing clear initiatives, policies, events and tools to support its membership.