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Spring 2017

First Nations sign Shared Territory Protocol Agreement
The leadership of the Peshewesaheknik (Cat Lake), Obishikokaang, (Lac Seul), and Bimaychikamah (Slate Falls) First Nations are pleased to announce that they have entered into an historic Protocol Agreement. The agreement celebrates and outlines the practical mechanisms for equally sharing economic benefits within the Nation’s shared territories.

The agreement is to re-establish the concepts of shared use. It clarifies and presents a general position on the First Nation understanding that harvesting rights and sustenance are transferable beyond lines and borders, which are generated by provincial legislation and treaties. Much discussion still needs to be undertaken by the three First Nations, nonetheless the Shared Territory Protocol challenges the validity of various pieces of legislation that encouraged the drawing of lines, and boundaries. The Protocol will encourage dialogue with our provincial and federal partners, but first the First Nations must come to common understandings prior to raising their voices on these long outstanding issues.

The three First Nations travelled to the PDAC International Convention in Toronto as ‘One Voice’ on common Industrial and Provincial issues and to foster and encourage strategic partnerships. The PDAC is the world’s leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration and finance.

Hence activities and connecting on synergies begins with nearby First Nations and municipalities with common interests in survival. The Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord, which all three Nations signed, recognizes and affirms that First Nations and municipalities have common interests and barriers and understands that a strategic partnership is required to tackle social-economic issues, barriers and solutions. The Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the Township of Pickle Lake joined their neighbours at PDAC.


Spring 2017 News:
• Kennady, NexGen co-win Exploration Co. of the Year award at Mines & Money 
• Mosaic says Colonsay potash mine to resume production 
• Fleming College Forestry program celebrates 50 years with alumni reunion
• Forestry companies partner to improve wetland management
• Sabina Gold & Silver Corp optimistic on Black River
• CEMI partners with Pattern Discovery and Wireless Sensor Networks 
• NexGen begins winter drill program at Rook I

• EACOM invests over $13M in Elk Lake Sawmill
• Wesdome drills at Wawa
• NWT welcomes new road announcement
• Mining revenues fall in NWT and rise in Nunavut
• International Lithium/Pioneer Resources announce completion of drilling at Mavis Lake
• First Nations sign Shared Territory Protocol Agreement


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