NML strives to have a net positive impact on the communities near its operations. Its preferred approach is to work with the individuals and communities in question to help enhance their ability to become self-sustaining over the long term through a self-chosen balance of traditional and non-traditional activities. With that in mind, many of its initiatives are addressed at youths and at preserving and strengthening culture.
Some of NML's achievements to date are:
- a locally administered scholarship fund for secondary students at Pessamit, Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Matimekush-Lac John, Kawawachikamach, Sheshatshit, Natuashish and the NunatuKavut Community Council communities. It rewards students on the basis of the improvement that they have made over the academic year rather than those achieving the highest grades;
- an Elders' Committee was created for the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach and the Nation Innu Matimekush-Lac John. It has now been integrated into a Health, Safety and Environment Committee, on which Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Innu Nation and NunatuKavut Community Council also participate;
- life-of-mine agreements have been concluded with five communities. As a general rule, they place an emphasis on employment, training and business opportunities and provide for financial compensation;
- numerous grants have been given, especially for cultural and sporting activities. The attached report on an Aboriginal cultural exchange project on caribou and sacred sites, to which NML and TSMC have contributed, is one illustration of such grants.
For details of NML's activities related to the affected First Nations, please refer to the News Letter.
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In order to be as accurate as possible, the following community descriptions are based as much as possible on material prepared and published by the communities themselves. In every case, the community was asked to approve NML’s draft text. Some of them gave their approval, for which NML thanks them. Others did not respond. None of them withheld their approval.
The members of the Innu Nation are located primarily in Sheshatshit and Natuashish. On November 15, 2011, NML announced the signing of an Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) between the Innu Nation and NML's joint venture partner Tata Steel Minerals Canada for the DSO Project.Learn more
The members of ITUM are located near Sept-Iles, Québec. NML and ITUM have signed an Agreement in Principle for the DSO Project, and are working to conclude an IBA.Learn more
The Nation Innu Matimekush-Lac John is located near Schefferville, Québec. NML announced on June 8, 2011 the signing of an Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) between Tata Steel Minerals Canada (TSMC), a joint venture between NML and Tata Steel, and Nation Innu Matimekush-Lac John (NIMLJ) for the DSO project.Learn more