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B.C.’s Mineral Explorers Welcome New Agreement between B.C. Government and Ktunaxa Nation
 
Vancouver, B.C. — January 29, 2013 — The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) welcomed the signing of an Economic and Community Development agreement between four Ktunaxa Nation communities and the provincial government at the Gathering Place Aboriginal Pavilion during Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013.
 
This agreement will enable the Ktunaxa Nation, comprised of the four communities of St. Mary’s, Tobacco Plains, Lower Kootenay and Akisq’nuk First Nation to share revenues from new coal mine projects in the Elk Valley. The agreement also links to the Strategic Engagement Agreement between B.C. and Ktunaxa Nation, which provides for a decision-making and project-review process for new mine projects.
 
“The B.C. government continues to show leadership in the sharing of benefits from resource development with First Nations,” said Gavin C. Dirom, President & Chief Executive Officer of AME BC. “The signing of an economic and community development agreement between the B.C. government and four Ktunaxa Nation communities today creates more certainty for everyone and further strengthens B.C.’s reputation as a province that values mutually beneficial relationships between industry, government and local First Nations.”
 
About AME BC:
AME BC is the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME BC represents, advocates, protects and promotes the interests of thousands of members who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in BC and throughout the world. AME BC encourages a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible industry by providing clear initiatives, policies, events and tools to support its membership.
 
AME BC annually hosts guests from around the world during the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup conference that takes place every January. Now in its 30th year, Roundup attracts thousands of delegates who share technical and financial information about the industry and learn about leading practices in environmental stewardship, aboriginal and community engagement. Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 is held from January 28 to 31, 2013 at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.

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For further information and to register as accredited media for Roundup 2013, please contact Jonathan Buchanan, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, AME BC, at 778.840.0620 or jbuchanan@amebc.ca