BC First Nations Critical Minerals Strategy & Webinar Series

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To register, and receive the access links please email mark.blom@fnemc.ca

Webinar #1 / October 20, 2023 – 9am-12pm

A historical overview of the mining industry in British Columbia will be provided. As well as a summary of the FNEMC developed Critical Minerals Literacy Report.

Webinar #2 / October 20, 2023 – 1pm-4pm

The content of this webinar will consist of a panel of industry, academia, unions, and First Nations representatives sharing their respective views and plans on critical minerals in BC. This panel will be followed by sharing a draft First Nations developed critical minerals strategy.

Webinar #3 / November 22, 2023 – 10am-3pm

Designed to facilitate the federal, provincial, and international governments sharing their knowledge and plans with respect to the expansion of the critical minerals industry in BC. The draft BC First Nations Critical Mineral Strategy will have been delivered for review by this time and feedback and review will be the focus of this webinar. This strategic document will include a set of recommendations to British Columbia, Canada, and industry, and become the go-to policy document where the extraction of critical minerals is being considered on First Nations territory. Feedback on this strategy will be held in the afternoon session for First Nations only.

Webinar #4 / January 9 2024 – 9am – 12pm

Dedicated to focusing on overview and feedback on the draft strategic First Nations Critical Minerals strategy plan.

Background

First Nations in BC plan to develop a critical minerals strategy. Canada released a strategy in 2022 without adequately consulting First Nations in BC. The goal is to share critical minerals knowledge about the resources, technologies and markets for First Nations decision making.

A Critical Minerals Literacy package is designed to prepare a knowledge base, with supporting educational materials, to assist with fully understand the history, use and supply of critical minerals in renewable power generation and the electric vehicle battery storage and technology manufacturing sectors; and the environmental impact and the economic benefits from the exploration and production of critical minerals.

The BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council will develop and present for comment and feedback from communities, a BC First Nations developed Critical Minerals strategy, utilizing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the anchor of this strategy.

There is limited participant funding available to attend if required. Agendas will be provided closer to the event date. To register, and receive the access links please email:
mark.blom@fnemc.ca