To date, Indigenous Trust has secured working agreements with 75 Indigenous communities across the Americas. We have facilitated over 45 economic development and business workshops, 3 North-South learning exchange trips reaching more than 2,500 people, and 14 skills based business partnerships, touching more than 57 communities in four countries, impacting more than 100,000 people.
In addition, Our Aboriginal Architects of Change have a combined 300 years of real world experience in governance, capacity and community building, sustainable social and economic development, and environmental stewardship.
Including (select examples):
- 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
- $5 million Open Pit Mining Contract with Golden Bear Mine
- Re-negotiation of an open pit contract worth $9.5 million over 2 years with Golden Bear Mine.
- 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.
- Developed Hospital in Cassiar B.C. and Dease Lake and assisted Community Corporation to obtain a $3.4 million dollar contract to build and maintain the hospital.
- 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 Airport in Telegraph Creek B.C. and enlarge airport in Dease Lake, 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.
- Facilitated numerous multi-stakeholder strategy forums, including the “Out of Respect” between Barrick Gold Corp., the Province of BC and local communities.
- Implementation of apprentice and training programs for Aboriginal youth.
- Supported 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.