Relationships with Indigenous Communities
At Goldcorp, our policy is to seek and encourage partnerships with all local communities, and particularly with the Aboriginal and Indigenous populations around our sites. We strive to make a positive impact in our local communities through economic contributions, community involvement and consultation, support to health and education initiatives, and sponsorship of special events.
In particular, we strive to create employment and business opportunities for local Aboriginal and Indigenous communities, with sensitivity and support for their social and cultural practices. We also seek opportunities for cultural training for our non-Aboriginal employees and contractors to prepare them for working in the culturally diverse environment they may find on so many of our sites.
We are also a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and as such we support and endeavour to implement the ICMM Position Statement on Mining and Indigenous Peoples, which was updated in 2013 and will come into effect in 2015. The Position Statement outlines the ICMM’s view of Free, Informed, Prior Consent (FPIC) and provides commitments that member companies make in order to put this into practice.
Goldcorp respects the human rights, cultures, customs and values of those who are affected by our activities. We strive to ensure community engagement through consultation and special events, and by partnering with various organizations for a range of community development programs. In 2013, there was one grievance reported via our Community Response mechanism that related to the rights of Indigenous peoples, and 14 significant1 disputes related to land use or customary rights of local or Indigenous people:
|Region||Number of disputes||Channel of resolution||Status at end of 2013|
|Canada and US||4||Ethics from the Ground Up program (1); Legal channels (3)||Closed (1); Ongoing (3)|
|Mexico||9||Community Response Mechanism (9)||Closed (9)|
|Central and South America||2||Legal channels (2)||Ongoing|
Eight of our sites (Red Lake, Musselwhite, Porcupine, Equity Silver, El Sauzal, Marlin, Éléonore and El Morro) are operating in or adjacent to Indigenous people’s territories and these sites have identified 47 different Indigenous groups in the surrounding areas. Éléonore, Marlin, Red Lake and Musselwhite have formal agreements in place with their Indigenous communities. One of our highlight accomplishments for 2013 in the Canada and US region was the signing of the Obishikokaang Collaboration Agreement with the Lac Seul First Nation (LSFN).
Collaboration with Indigenous Communities
At several of our operations, Indigenous people are a key community group. We acknowledge their traditional cultures and knowledge. We also seek to consult and partner with Indigenous communities to improve economic, environmental and social opportunities in the areas where we operate.
RED LAKE AND THE LAC SEUL FIRST NATION
After five years of negotiations, Red Lake Gold Mines signed the Obishikokaang Collaboration Agreement with the LSFN in August 2013. This is a landmark agreement for Goldcorp, setting out a number of benefits and provisions for LSFN, including training and employment opportunities, business and contracting opportunities, a framework for consultation on various aspects of project development including environmental assessments, and financial contributions that Goldcorp will provide to LSFN in support of sustainable community development initiatives.
The agreement also provides additional funding for the Lac Seul Training Centre of Excellence and the Lac Seul First Nation Small Business Equity Fund. The Centre, founded last year with support from Goldcorp, provides quality, certified training programs and workshops to members of the community and the region at large to maximize their employment potential. The Centre will also provide scholarship and bursary opportunities for LSFN youth interested in pursuing post-secondary education.
The LSFN Equity Fund was created by LSFN and Goldcorp to support the growth of business capacity within the First Nation to further their participation in the regional economy. In May 2013, LSFN used proceeds from the LSFN Business Equity Fund to acquire and open a band owned and operated franchise of the popular Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut chain.
MUSSELWHITE AND THE FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
In 2001, we established an innovative agreement (the Musselwhite Agreement) with local First Nations communities which provides them with a range of education, training, employment and business-related services. The signatories to the agreement are the First Nations of North Caribou Lake, Cat Lake, Kingfisher Lake and Wunnumin Lake, as well as the Shibogama First Nations Council and the Windigo First Nations Council. Affiliates to the agreement include three other First Nations communities that are affiliates to the Shibogama First Nations Council, and five other First Nations communities that are affiliates to the Windigo First Nations Council. The agreement sets targets for First Nations training and employment opportunities at the mine, as well as business development that will benefit the area over the long term and beyond the life of the mine. There are three public liaison committees, each composed of a cross-section of diverse interests from local communities. Through these committees, the mine is able to report its progress, receive feedback and hear concerns directly from local citizens on environmental, social and economic matters.
ÉLÉONORE AND THE CREE NATION OF WEMINDJI
In 2013, work continued on the advancement of the Éléonore project located in the James Bay region of Québec approximately 190 kilometres east of the Cree Nation of Wemindji and 320 kilometres north of the town of Matagami. Goldcorp, through Éléonore, has continued building on its relationship with the Cree and in particular the Cree Nation of Wemindji. In February 2011, the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Regional Authority signed a Collaboration Agreement regarding the development and operation of Éléonore in northern Québec.
With the support of the people of Wemindji, the community formally approved the agreement on January 26, 2011 with the unanimous consent of Wemindji's Chief and Council. It was subsequently approved unanimously by the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Regional Authority on February 3, 2011, representing the support of the Cree Nation as a whole and ensuring a stable regional environment for the development and operation of Éléonore.
Under the agreement, Goldcorp recognizes and respects Cree rights and interests in the area of Éléonore and the Crees recognize and support Goldcorp's rights and interests in the development and operation of the project. The agreement will be in effect for the life of the mine and it includes provisions regarding the participation of the Crees in the development of Éléonore throughout the life of the mine, including employment and business opportunities and training and education initiatives. The agreement also reflects Goldcorp's commitment to protecting the environment and supporting the Crees' social and cultural practices in a spirit of continued collaboration.
Resettlement is a complex and life-changing issue for the communities affected. It is never our first resort when other options are available. Our approach is to seek voluntary resettlement when it is absolutely necessary. The timing and location of resettlement is negotiated with the affected households and every reasonable effort is made to ensure that the integrity of the communities is maintained. For all resettlement processes, Goldcorp staff will prepare a Resettlement Action Plan. A Resettlement Action Plan is a comprehensive plan that addresses the impacts of physical and associated economic displacement. It documents the policies to which Goldcorp will adhere, the procedures that we will follow, and the actions that we will take to engage with stakeholders, mitigate adverse impacts, compensate losses and provide development benefits to displaced persons, households and communities.
As a general rule, resettlement will be to a location that offers equal or higher value characteristics and advantages of location. Our guiding principle on land-related matters is to create and foster trust which results in mutual benefits.
In 2013, one household (of ten people) was resettled at Peñasquito. Goldcorp consulted with the family at Peñasquito regarding compensation, the relocation housing and other issues related to the family’s economic and social well-being.
1 The significance of each dispute is determined at the site level based on the local and operational context.