Premier Brian Pallister has announced the Manitoba Government will be developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. He says the protocol will enable them to establish a clear pathway forward on mineral development
The process will be co-chaired by Chief Ron Evans from Norway House Cree Nation and Jim Downey, former Manitoba deputy Premier will engage First Nations communities that have immediate or potential mineral development opportunities and are interested in participating . The new protocol will define how consultations will occur during phases of mineral development including grassroots exploration, mechanized disturbance, advanced exploration and mine development.
Pallister added it will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in indigenous territories.