It’s important for AuRico Metals to have good working relationships with the local First Nations. Two Aboriginal traditional territories overlap the Kemess Project location: Tsay Keh Dene and Takla Lake. One Aboriginal traditional territory is adjacent and downstream from the project location: Kwadacha. These three nations identify themselves as the Tse Keh Nay.
AuRico is proud to have signed an Interim Measures Agreement (IMA) with the Tse Keh Nay in June of 2012. The IMA is a cooperative agreement covering advanced exploration with respect to the KUG Project. Key aspects of the IMA include a Senior Implementation Committee, comprised of the Chiefs of Kwadacha, Tsay Keh Dene and Takla Lake and AuRico management. This committee oversees the implementation of the IMA and meets on a monthly basis. An Environmental Management Committee, comprised of representatives from each TKN nation and AuRico, also meets regularly to communicate and coordinate the proposed environmental studies to be undertaken, as well as to provide general project updates. In June of 2014, AuRico and TKN signed an Environmental Assessment Conduct Agreement which outlines the collaborative approach to the environmental assessment process on the Kemess Underground Project and also outlines how AuRico will provide support to TKN as they go through the process. AuRico also supports a technical coordinator for TKN who coordinates with the TKN leadership, and the EMC committee while reviewing technical information (past, baseline and ongoing) for the KUG Project. The coordinator also acts as liaison with government regulators (on TKNs behalf) and with AuRico and their technical experts.