Agreement Signed Between Mi’kmaq Chiefs, Donkin Mine Developers
The developers of the Donkin mine have signed what’s being called an “impact benefits agreement” with the organization representing Mi’kmaq chiefs in Nova Scotia.
Kameron Coal Management says it met in Membertou today with representatives of the Nova Scotia Assembly of Mi’kmaq Chiefs.
Kameron says the agreement will look at equal employment opportunities for the Mi’kmaq, and methods for addressing any potential impacts to Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.
Membertou Chief Terry Paul, who is also the co-chair of the Assembly, says the agreement gives the Mi’kmaq royalties for every tonne of coal mined for the first time in the nation’s history.
General hiring is now underway for the mine project and Kameron says production is expected to begin late this year.