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 ("TKN").

On May 18, 2017, AuRico entered into an Impact Benefits Agreement ("IBA") for the Kemess Underground Project with TKN. The IBA provides a framework that formalizes the long-term co-operative relationship between AuRico Metals and the TKN First Nations over the life of the project. The IBA captures the mutual commitment to consult and maintain an open, respectful and cooperative relationship throughout the development and operation of the Kemess Underground Project.  The IBA further provides for meaningful TKN participation in Kemess Underground through training, employment, business opportunities, environmental protection and other means.

Key aspects of the agreement include an Environmental Management Committee, comprised of representatives from each TKN nation and AuRico, which meets on a regular basis to communicate and coordinate the proposed environmental studies to be undertaken, as well as to provide general project updates.