“Canadian Zinc is committed to developing and operating the Prairie Creek Mine in a manner that contributes to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the local residents and nearby communities”.
- John Kearney, Chairman and CEO
Prior to CZN’s involvement with the Prairie Creek Mine, the surrounding communities had a limited understanding of the project’s significant existing infrastructure. CZN first began consultation with the affected parties in 1992, which led to the first cooperative working agreement signed between the Nahanni Butte Dene Band and CZN in 1996. The Local Map shows the location of the surrounding regional communities in relation to the Prairie Creek Mine. Nahanni Butte is the closest community with an approximate population of 120. Fort Simpson has the largest population with 1,300 residents. Over the past 15 years, CZN has expanded dialogue with local groups, including Acho Dene Koe Band, Sambaa K’e First Nation, Jean Marie River First Nation, Dehcho First Nations, Village of Fort Simpson, Lindberg Landing, Parks Canada, local businesses, and various members territorial and federal governments.
Prairie Creek Mine Neighboring Communities (Click link to general information)
- Nahanni Butte Dene Band, also known as Naha? Dehe Dene Band (Nahanni Butte)
- Liidlii Kue First Nation (Fort Simpson)
- Acho Dene Koe First Nation (Fort Liard)
- Sambaa K’e First Nation (Trout Lake)
- Jean Marie River First Nation (Jean Marie)
- Village of Fort Simpson
- Hamlet of Fort Liard
Regional First Nation Representative (Click link to website)
Source: Dehcho First Nations