MEG and the Community

Indigenous Relations

MEG is committed to continuing to develop and maintain a constructive dialogue with all identified Indigenous communities and stakeholders associated with MEG’s operations.

Each community is influenced by its unique cultural, linguistic and geographic elements but most Indigenous communities in the area share a common interest in maintaining the ability to practice traditional cultural pursuits. These pursuits include hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering and are important cultural activities. MEG highlights how important it is for Indigenous communities to keep these traditions alive during annual celebrations of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

MEG works closely with the elected leadership, Elders, heads of community organizations and businesspeople to help plan MEG’s regulatory, exploration, construction, operation, health & safety, and environmental work. Input provided by communities on current or traditional ecological knowledge and land-use is extremely valuable and necessary in developing appropriate mitigation plans.

MEG has several working agreements with neighboring Indigenous communities for initiatives that have been identified as priorities, including:

  • Community-designed and managed programs that focus on more effective consultation
  • Programs to increase employment skills training and economic development
  • Programs to advance education (i.e., scholarships, student work-terms and in-kind training resources)
  • Community-designed and managed programs to promote social priorities such as environment, cultural retention and public health and safety (i.e. Treaty Days, Métis Festivals, Elder’s retreats and youth activities)

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued 94 Calls to Action in its Final Report including a call to governments and the corporate sector to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and apply its principles, norms and standards. MEG acknowledges the importance of UNDRIP within the Canadian legal and constitutional framework and recognizes the role that the corporate sector can play in the path towards reconciliation.