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Chair(s): Lana Eagle, Robin Sydneysmith,

February 2 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

On this, the tenth anniversary of the Gathering Place, we take a look in the rearview mirror. Our panelists have stories to tell providing a retrospective look from both the mining companies’ and Indigenous communities’ perspective on ten or more years of learning about each other, learning to work together, and learning to respect each other.

Panelists will reflect on where they started, some of the peaks and valleys along the way, where they are at today, and their expectations for the future for both the project and the community.

Session 1

In this panel, we hear from three people with years of experience in the mining industry and working and building relationships with Indigenous communities. They learned “how to engage” on the job as the industry gradually came to understand and appreciate the value and benefit to their projects of strong, positive relationships with Indigenous people and communities.

Justin Himmelright, Carol Liao and Kevin Hanna now dedicate part of their time to teaching the next generation of mining professionals about these values and benefits, about the regulatory requirements,
and about the art of building positive Indigenous relationships.

Come and listen and learn about the tools, techniques, and experiences of these dedicated educators as they work with the next generation of mining professionals to strengthen our sector’s capacity and commitment to better and stronger Indigenous relationships.

Session 2

In this panel, we learn about some of the mutual economic benefits that arise when the mining sector, government and Indigenous communities realize the power of working together towards common goals.
Mining’s economic benefits are often talked-up and talked about, in this session get into the details about real and meaningful economic benefits and how these enhance Indigenous communities and contribute to sustainable development.

Session 3

On this, the tenth anniversary of the Gathering Place, we take a look in the rearview mirror. Our panelists have stories to tell providing a retrospective look from both the mining companies’ and Indigenous communities’ perspective on ten or more years of learning about each other, learning to work together, and learning to respect each other. Panelists will reflect on where they started, some of the peaks and valleys along the way, where they are at today, and their expectations for the future for both the project and the community.

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