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Laurentian, Waubetek lay groundwork for future cooperation

University signs letter of interest with Indigenous business development company

(TORONTO, March 3, 2020) Laurentian University is pleased to announce the signing of a letter of interest with Waubetek Business Development Corporation today at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto. This letter paves the way for cooperation between the institutions under the banner of Waubetek’s Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development. 

Waubetek general manager Dawn Madahbee Leach signed the document alongside Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University, following a panel discussion at PDAC on joint mineral exploration ventures. Waubetek, Anishinaabemowin for ‘the future’, is aiming to create genuine partnerships between mining companies and Indigenous communities in several different ways, including the creation of comprehensive impact and benefit agreements. This letter of interest brings these future projects one step closer to reality. The Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development will now have direct lines of communication with some of Laurentian University’s mining-focused departments, particularly MIRARCO, the Goodman School of Mines, and the Harquail School of Earth Sciences.

“I am very pleased to support the signing of this Letter of Interest with Waubetek Business Development Corporation for the Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development. This is a great fit for the Goodman School of Mines and MIRARCO. I look forward to being involved in ongoing research and education collaboration between Laurentian and Waubetek to support Indigenous minerals development. -- Jennifer Abols, Executive Director of the Goodman School of Mines and President and CEO of MIRARCO.

“The Waubetek Business Development Corporation is pleased to be working alongside Laurentian University to support the building of Indigenous capacity and knowledge in the mineral development industry. The Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Minerals Development will benefit from this key relationship with academia to provide this much-needed clearinghouse of information, research, case studies, leading practices, tools, templates and training primarily for Indigenous Peoples, but also to assist the mining industry and governments. Waubetek understands that building relationships is important to building understanding.” -- Dawn Madahbee Leach, General Manager of Waubetek Business Development Corporation

Waubetek Business Development Corporation’s mission is to improve the economies of the First Nation communities and North Eastern Ontario through the proactive, professional and meaningful provision of business and economic services.