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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2011FOR0014-000201

March 7, 2011

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands

 

 

B.C. COMMITTED TO SHARING MINE REVENUE WITH FIRST NATIONS

 

VICTORIA – Randy Hawes, the Minister of State for Mining, has reiterated the government’s commitment to sharing mineral tax revenue with First Nations, adding that Aboriginal communities have an important role to play in developing the province’s resources.

 

Hawes will be a panellist at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Aboriginal Forum in Toronto on Monday. PDAC is the world’s biggest mining convention, attracting more than 20,000 delegates from across the globe, as well as an increasing number of Aboriginal delegates.

The minister will share the stage with Chief Shane Gottfriedson of Tk'emlups Indian Band along with New Gold officials Ann Wallin (manager of human resources) and Rick Killam (director of environment and social responsibility) to discuss the Economic and Community Development Agreement.

 

Quote:

Minister of State for Mining Randy Hawes:

Our support for revenue sharing is unequivocal. We are determined to continue engaging with First Nations as fully as possible. For the benefit of both the province and the First Nations, it is vital that First nations play a significant role in the mining industry.”

 

Quick facts on First Nations revenue sharing:


 

 

 

Contact:

Cheekwan Ho

Public Affairs Bureau 

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands

250 387-4592

 

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