SELECT EXPERIENCE OF OUR ABORIGINAL ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE
Facilitated hundreds of educational workshops on the mining cycle, how communities can benefit, what economic opportunities exist, the development of vision and strategy, across Canada, the United States, Australia, Scandinavia and Latin America including, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico.
Over 35 years’ experience negotiating agreements between communities and the private sector.
10 years’ experience developing Public Private Partnerships in Latin America. Collaborated with MAC, PDAC, CAMA and the Government of Canada to produce the Aboriginal Toolkit on Mining, which won the National Award for the best Aboriginal mine training document in Canada 2007 and in 2008 won the International Award for the best Indigenous mine training document.
Assisted with the establishment of numerous community joint venture partnerships to take advantage of economic opportunities and entering into agreements with corporations for training and large-scale work contracts. Including:
Assisted with the negotiation of a $1 million Settling Pond Contract with Golden Bear Mine and a $5 million Open Pit Mining Contract with Golden Bear Mine and the re-negotiation of an open pit contract worth $9.5 million over 2 years with Golden Bear.
Assisted with the negotiation of a preferred subcontractor position with Ledcor Ltd. on 40km access road into the Eskay Creek Mine. Value of $2.5 million to the community corporation.
Hospital developed in Cassiar B.C. and Dease Lake and assisted Community Corporation obtain a $3.4 million dollar contract to build and maintain the hospital.
Golden Bear Mine road and mine development, including upgrading and maintenance contracts.
Negotiation of a 20 year/$46 million contract with BC Hydro. First Native owned IPP project in BC.
Negotiated Tahltan Participation Agreement with Homestake Canada Ltd. at the Eskay Creek Mine, including: 3-year upgrading and maintenance contract on the Eskay Creek access road; Employment and training programs; Feasibility study for a 10-division logging subsidiary.
Assisted community to build an airport in Telegraph Creek B.C. and enlarge airport in Dease Lake, B.C. Assisted with the establishment of numerous community development corporations, including the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation, the largest Aboriginal owned heavy construction company in Western Canada.
Establishment of numerous training board of directors for community corporations.
Facilitated numerous multi-stakeholder strategy forums, including the “Out of Respect” between Barrick Gold Corp., the Province of BC and local communities.
Instructor for Department of Indian Affairs Land Management Training Unit Minerals, Forestry and Environment.
Recommendations to dozens of community and corporate boards on business strategy and operations.
Implementation of apprentice and training programs for Aboriginal youth.
Establishment of government policies around community relations for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights and Justice, at its inception.
Assisted the UNDP on the establishment of policies around democratic reform and anti-corruption for the government of Ukraine (Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko) after the Orange Revolution.