Mining to Promote First Nations Growth


Mr Mark Brajer

Mines and mining projects can be used effectively to assist in the growth of First nations, such as the Tlicho nation near Yellowknife. Formation and management of businesses and execution of projects are just the beginning to assist in the benefit of mining to First Nations. The ability of Tlicho and other First Nations individuals to train, improve skill sets, as well as earn a living through out the year, all contribute to the benefit of the society, economic development and growth. Building of winter roads for access to mines and to the remote communities are essential for the continued success of the mining industry. Transportation of goods through to those businesses and communities are just as essential. The contribution of Tlicho and other communities are essential to the success of these endeavors. Diversifying the businesses to include mine remediation, for example, can also improve the potential for training and development of local individuals. That training can be used not just in the local geographic area, but throughout other projects across Canada and the world, which allows individuals to expand their horizons, and improve their future. Increasing all-season access to remote First Nations communities, which has been a direct result of mining projects, also is a way to expand the economies of small communities. These communities can become hubs in the future, helping to increase economic conditions, and individual development of the population. The Tłı̨chǫ First Nation is a located near Yellowknife in Northwest Territories. The Tłı̨chǫ Government has the power to pass laws, enforce its own laws, delegate its powers and authority, and establish structure of Tłı̨chǫ Government and its internal management. It has worked diligently in conjunction with mining companies for many years. Today, many residents are employed in Tłı̨chǫ companies, in local government and business, or work on rotation at the diamond mines, some 300 km north of the community. This is a crucial time for the First Nations and northern mining, and together, the businesses like the Tlicho Investment Corporation, the various diamond mine corporations, and the communities must work together, not only business development, but also for the development of communities, First Nations individuals, the environment, and the bright future of northern Canada.