Agreements & Support
As Prairie Creek matures towards production, the company will expand local engagement and seek support from stakeholders. The recent agreements associated with the Prairie Creek Mine are a reflections of CZN's commitments.
Department of Transportation Collaboration Agreement – August 28, 2012
"We have agreed to work closely with Canadian Zinc to ensure public safety by identifying areas of Highway 7 and the Nahanni Butte access road that require enhancement or upgrading. This co-operation will help the Department to plan future work on these roads to maintain and enhance these roads effectively."
- Hon. Minister David Ramsay, Department of Transportation
Parks Canada Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – February 20, 2012
“Parks Canada is committed to the ongoing protection and world class visitor experiences of Nahanni National Park Reserve and recognizes and respects the rights of Canadian Zinc to develop the proposed Prairie Creek mine. In working collaboratively with Canadian Zinc to achieve our respective goals, we are able to balance environmental protection with economic development in the north and maximize benefits to Canadians.”
- Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada
Government of the Northwest Territories Socio-economic Agreement (SEA) – August 22, 2011
“The signing of this Agreement reflects the commitment of both parties to ensure that the development of northern resources occurs in a manner that is sensitive to social and cultural considerations and is economically sustainable. The GNWT has long supported the advancement of non-renewable resource development that respects the principles of conservation and is carried out in a manner that ensures benefits from northern development accrue to both the residents and economy of the NWT.”
- Hon. Minister Bob McLeod (presently Premier), Government of the Northwest Territories
Liidlii Kue First Nation Impact Benefits Agreement (IBA) – June 16, 2011
“This Agreement with Canadian Zinc provides for participation for the Liidlii Kue First Nation in the Prairie Creek Mine in job creation, business opportunities and social benefits. The IBA also provides for environmental monitoring, oversight and reporting to ensure that the Mine operations are carried out in an environmentally sound manner. We recognize that development and operation of the Prairie Creek Mine will have an impact on the environment, and on our communities, and we must ensure that an adequate level of protection is provided and we must be satisfied that the mitigations and contingencies proposed by CZN will provide that level of protection”
- Chief Jim Antoine, Liidlii Kue First Nation
Nah?a Dehe Dene Prairie Creek Agreement (IBA) - January 20, 2011
"In this Agreement Canadian Zinc and the Nah?a Dehe Dene Band acknowledge their mutual intentions that the Prairie Creek Project will be developed and operated in a manner that respects the land, the environment and cultures of aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples of the North. The Agreement confirms the intentions of Canadian Zinc and the Nah?a Dehe Dene Band to work co-operatively to ensure our community and our people receive significant economic benefit from the Prairie Creek Mine. In addition to the financial benefit we have negotiated this Agreement will mean jobs, training and education and business opportunities for our people for many years to come."
- Chief Fred Tesou, Nahanni Butte Dene Band (also known as Naha Dehe Dene Band)
Village of Fort Simpson – Letter of Support – June 16, 2011
“The Village recognizes the importance of this project in bringing economic development to the region and to the community. The IBA signed with the Nahanni Butte Dene Band and the reported close working relations with the Liidlii Kue First Nations are encouraging signs that all affected stakeholders will benefit from the development of this mine. Canadian Zinc is a good corporate citizen, has been very forthcoming with community communications, and has demonstrated ample willingness to share any benefits that may accrue from this project. The Village is looking forward to a positive set of final recommendations from the MVEIRB that will hasten the start of this project, with a minimum of further delay.”
- Mayor Sean WheIly
NWT Chamber of Commerce - Letter of Support – June 20, 2011
“Our board was impressed by the cooperative work done by Canadian Zinc to fully engage the neighboring aboriginal communities in a partnership to advance the project. It is evident that both Canadian Zinc and the nearby aboriginal communities have made a strong commitment to work in partnership on this project. As well during the visit the delegates received a technical briefing by the company and were pleased with the environmental stewardship that the company intends to use throughout the construction and operation phases.
On behalf of our membership I wish to convey to you our support for this important project. Should you require any further background related to this letter of support please feel free to contact our office.”
- President Chuck Parker
Nahendeh Aboriginal Economic Council
Meetings with the Development Corporation Managers representing the five neighboring communities to discuss common business opportunities with the Prairie Creek Mine.