Mining Association of Manitoba Director Tom Goodman told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce mining represents 4 percent of Manitoba’s gross domestic product employing 42 hundred people with 85 percent of them in northern Manitoba. He said there is a real struggle to raise money for exploration, federal regulatory requirements have been causing a lot of delays in exploration and Manitoba is very unpredictable in issuing permits. He added the Association signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009 with MKO representing 16 First Nations in which both sides agreed they can gain from economic development in the north. Goodman added the Manitoba government has a duty to connect with aboriginal communities on mineral exploration and mine development and it is clear the crown owns the rights to the minerals. He said all parties have to come to the table to guarantee the future of mining.
The Chamber agreed to submit a resolution to the Manitoba Chamber asking that the provincial government prioritize, engage and deliver on their requirement to consult with key stakeholders to ensure that the exploration and development of natural resources can remain a vibrant, positive economic engine in Manitoba.