Services

  • Community Development

    • Turnkey project management, from writing proposal to managing and delivering project and reports.
    • Independent, trusted growth advice to communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations
    • Help secure more funding and reduce your risk to government funding agencies
    • Create and manage economic development portfolio for community
    • Fully integrated marketing and technology divisions that can promote your community and businesses
    • Creative web solutions ranging from simple websites to full-blown interactive community portals with customized cross-platform studios and full multimedia capabilities, all possible with even the most limited budget
    • Ensure long-term sustainability in everything you do Professionals with a wide range of business and industry knowledge that can help your entity succeed in a competitive environment

  • Training

    • Focus on practical, hands-on, interactive learning that uses discussion and dialogue to encourage and engage
    • Increase the knowledge-base in the community
    • Customize your existing training programs to make them work better for your community
    • Provide long-term tools to teach others how to create opportunities
    • Improve governance by building capacity in Chief and Council
    • Fully integrated resources like online support, training manuals, presentations, CD-ROMS—that way you’ll never truly lose the knowledge

  • Financial Management

    • Improve your ability to manage projects
    • Reduce risk for government funders—which means you’ll have more proposals accepted
    • Audits, reporting, financial analyses
    • Personal attention and easy-to-use tools that will save you time and money in your record-keeping and administration
    • Monthly/quarterly/annual accounting compilations, balance sheets, payroll services, income statements, cash flow statements—and all by a CGA and a CPA
    • Compliance and audit reports

About Our Services

Any company pursuing mineral development around the world today must engage aboriginal communities early, respectfully and comprehensively in order to ensure success. In today’s mineral industry this requirement has become the new reality, and failure to accommodate aboriginal concerns will inevitably lead to strained relationships, cost overruns and even an early death to the project.
Our company has deep roots and committed partners around the world. We have worked and consulted with many international aboriginal groups, including the Maori of New Zealand, the Sami Parliament in Norway, and many of the communities of Latin America. This practical global experience places us in the enviable (and unique) position of being able to guarantee unparalleled work in relationship building and indigenous engagement, no matter where your company is developing.

The approach we take when working with communities is to understand their rights, values and interests first and then to translate those important details into a language companies can understand. Only when this communication barrier is mended can real development take place.

Here in Canada, we are a nation built on a foundation of treaties with a wide range of aboriginal communities, all with different cultures and languages, and varying levels of negotiating background. Over the past decade, our team has been instrumental in helping companies and communities reach fair and respectful agreements, and in seeing that relationship building between communities, government and industry is done the right way, right from the beginning.

Regardless of where development happens, exploration and mining companies must seriously consider the potential impacts of inadequate community engagement. The alternative is, after all, far more difficult to manage. In addition, the more companies begin thinking proactively about working with communities, the greater the chance for success for both industry and indigenous people.

We have designed our comprehensive mining exploration training to meet the unique challenges of First Nations. We understand these challenges because over the past decade we have worked with over 100 communities and mining industry partners. Our training approach—new case studies, relevant examples, facts and figures, statistics, multimedia, a range of practical tools—engages while teaching the essential stages of mining. Most important, it works.

Understanding Mining was created using our deeply Aboriginal perspective to help senior management and leadership in Aboriginal communities understand the economic development opportunities of mining.

Why does this training matter to industry? Because without knowledge sharing or a basic understanding of the realities of what exploration and mining mean to communities, industry will continue to see the same results: mistrust, resentment, and opposition. Our training helps eliminate these miscommunications and keeps First Nation expectations in check by providing a realistic, easily understood, and comprehensive training program. Clients who have received this training report how valuable the information was, and that if they had known about these opportunities earlier they would have been much more open to partnerships.

Our training focuses on practical, hands-on, interactive learning the most effective way to teach most people—and uses discussion and dialogue to encourage and engage. We look at our training from the community’s perspective based on our team’s decades of experience working with communities affected by mining.

Experience has shown us how important providing all First Nations with the same content and quality of information is. An approach that ensures everyone knows the same things. When one community knows something that another has not been told, internal strife will not be far behind. Our training approach levels the playing field, ensures that everyone begins at the same starting point, and focuses all communities on realizing economic development opportunities.

Understanding Mining Curriculum

Each of the four training modules lasts for half a day, and the total training takes two days to complete. We provide a general theme in each session to help capture all of the relevant areas that communities need to know:
1 – Overview
2 – Environmental and Social Impacts
3 – Community Employment and Other Economic
Opportunities
4 – Community Experiences
5 – Facts and Figure

BASIC REGIONAL ASSESSMENT

We will analyze a specific region and prepare a confidential report that evaluates the region’s communities based on their views about mineral development. Our report will also identify important regional players and recommend a course of action based on our findings.

COMPANY ANALYSIS

In today’s mining world, communities need to understand whom they are doing business with, especially those communities who are signing agreements. They need to be fully aware of a company’s intentions, the economic potential of development, all relevant claims details, and the true probability of the development becoming a full mine. Some companies are only in the business of making money in the stock market, while others are intent on fully developing a mine. Every community needs to know the full potential of a company if they are to negotiate on even ground.

DETAILED OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENT

We will prepare a detailed analysis of a site under development in order to provide a practical, manageable work plan for negotiations and community engagement. Our team will travel to the region, coordinate meetings with important players, such as chiefs, tallymen and trappers, and evaluate their attitudes towards development at the end we would present a coherent engagement strategy.

COMMUNITY PROTOCOLSOne of the strongest weapons a community has for ensuring that positive development takes place on their lands is an effective community protocol. This is a detailed guide that instructs companies and governments who they need to consult with, as well as how and when that consultation needs to occur–and it all has to be done before any work can take place on your traditional lands. Our team has over a decade of experience working with communities and companies creating effective community protocols.

NEGOTIATIONSJust as important to your success as an effective community, protocol is preparing a solid negotiations strategy. It can mean the difference between a top-notch deal and one that goes completely off the rails. Our team of negotiation specialists will help you develop a sensible approach to your negotiations and find an approach that makes the process as painless and as lucrative as possible.

COMMUNITIES: EXPLORATION AND MINING TRAINING

Relying on a decade of hands-on experience analyzing and working on the most significant agreements and lessons from negotiations, our team has developed a training course that has earned praise from both industry and communities. Our community leadership training takes a group of a maximum of 10 participants through the entire life of a mine, from the first stake in the ground to the last step in the mine closure process. After taking this course, participants understand the challenges, issues and opportunities that exist in the mineral exploration and mining industry.

INDUSTRY: THE PAST 300 YEARS

We created our “Past 300 Years” training program to help teach senior managers in the exploration and mining industry the complex history between First Nations, industry and the Crown over the past 300 years. Industry participants who complete this training will have a much better understanding of the history of Canada’s mining relations with First Nations; the relationship between First Nations and natural resources; and the most effective ways to work and negotiate with indigenous communities.

TESTIMONIALS

“We are willing to support the process and development that companies need to go through. We just expect and require equal support and respect from the companies.”
“We want to get more involved and set the bar high for our members. As leaders, we want to do good for our people, but we do not have all the answers. If I had not taken this training, I would not understand as much about the mining and exploration ...
“We didn’t realize how much we needed to learn about exploration and mining. This training comes at the right now for our community.”
“We just don’t ever hear about this stuff, and if we do it’s hard to understand it because the methods don’t work or the information is far too complicated, or completely irrelevant. Thank you.”
“There is a major lack of understanding and capacity in communities to be able to participate meaningfully in the mining process. This training addresses this gap perfectly.”