Manitoba – First Nations Mineral Development Protocol

 

In May 2019, the Manitoba government released the Manitoba – First Nations Mineral Development Action Plan as a detailed response to the Co-Chairs’ Report on the Manitoba – First Nations Mineral Development Protocol, which was released in June 2018. The Action Plan includes several highlights including a Shared Management Approach to identify opportunities to work in partnership with First Nations on the strategic development of mineral resources, a reconciliation approach to orphaned and abandoned mine site rehabilitation, an Indigenous Mineral Education program, a Proponent Guide to Indigenous Engagement, and more.

A key element of the Action Plan is a Mineral Development Protocol Template. The protocol template is a starting point for respectful discussions with First Nations and will not be imposed on First Nations. The Protocol Template includes a process guide and matrix for Crown-Indigenous consultation. The province will encourage its use in discussions with First Nations as a way to facilitate a mutually agreed to consultation process for all phases of mineral development cycle, from grassroots exploration to mine development.

Mineral Development Protocols are agreements between Manitoba and First Nations to define how Crown-Indigenous consultations will occur during all phases of mineral development. These agreements help to create certainty in order to advance projects in a timely way, and ensure First Nations can be actively involved in all phases of development projects within their traditional territories.

View the Manitoba-First Nations Mineral Development Action Plan

View the Mineral Development Protocol Template

View the Consultation Matrix - Schedule B & C of the Mineral Development Protocol Template

View News Release

 

Manitoba - First Nations Mineral Development Protocol Co-Chairs' Report: Findings and Recommendations

View the Co-Chairs' report

View News Release about Co-Chairs' Report

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