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Indigenous Partnerships

Indigenous Partnerships

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To Seabridge, working alongside Indigenous groups during Project permitting, planning and development stages is critical to the success of all Projects.

Over the past 14 years, Seabridge has established strong relationships with our Indigenous partners in northwest BC through early, frequent, and transparent communication, partnerships and mutually beneficial agreements that identify financial, employment, contracting, education, and environmental opportunities within future development.

Aspects of the KSM Project are within the territories of Tahltan, Nisga’a, and Skii km Lax Ha Nations. We recognize and respect the right of our Indigenous partners and for the past decade, have been working to ensure the development of mutually beneficial Project. Our approach is based on early, frequent, and transparent communication, we also take an open-minded approach to the input we receive from our Indigenous partners and have altered the KSM Project plans on numerous occasions in response to the concerns raised.

  • Signed benefits agreements with the Nisga’a Nation in 2014 and Tahltan Nation in 2019
  • Entered into an environmental agreement with the Gitanyow Wilps represented by the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office
  • The Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs have endorsed the Project with a letter of support for environmental assessment approval.
  • Funded Tahltan Traditional Knowledge/Use studies, which were incorporated into the Project design and environmental assessment application
  • Proactively engages with indigenous partners early and frequently, through every stage of our projects to solicit their input and to understand their needs and concerns.
  • Organizing site visits
  • Funded opportunities for Indigenous members to attend conferences and training programs to encourage and enable meaningful participation in engagement
  • Employ several people from Indigenous Communities for environmental fieldwork, jobs in the Project camps and for other contracted work
  • Give priority to qualified local, regional, and Indigenous contractors so that local communities can maximize benefits from the Project and build long-term capacity
  • Made approx. $300M in design changes after listening to Indigenous community interests/concerns
  • Funding events and initiatives to promote healthy communities