Our team respects and prioritizes local and Indigenous communities’ traditional connection to land, culture and values and are focused on strengthening our social license to operate by staying true to our word.
FIRST NATIONS EXPERIENCE
MINTO MINE – CONSTRUCTION
JDS was engaged by Sherwood Copper in 2006/7 to provide EPCM services to construct the Minto Mine in the Yukon
JDS partnered with the Selkirk First Nations (SFN) based in Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territory to provide essential services for the mine construction. This included helping SFN build businesses:
Transportation services for personnel ferrying across the Yukon river
Provide employees where possible to provide barge deckhand manpower
Camp Catering services including food services, housekeeping and maintenance
On the job training and mentorship for SFN members through construction contractor companies
Yukon River – Barge Operations
JDS partnered will a local (SFN) individual to start and develop Britannia Creek Contracting
Provide coordination and management services for the JDS owned barges on the Yukon River
Business development to expand barging services
Mentorship and training in business operations
JDS provides two position openings for Little Salmon Carmacks First Nations (LSCFN) members to obtain employment within the current barging program to be trained in the following
Logistics and freight tracking skills
JDS Silver – Silvertip
JDS purchased the Silvertip Mine in Northern BC in November 2013
JDS signed a life of mine Socio-Economic Participation Agreement with the Kaska, 6 weeks after purchase
During construction, JDS signed agreements with First Nations owned and partnership companies including:
Fuel supply and delivery
Freight and personnel expediting
JDS used IKN, a First Nations business for all earthworks, road maintenance and labour on site
JDS Silver – Silvertip
During operations JDS management negotiated with the Tahltan FN as they came forward as a second affected community.
The First Nation employment on site was maintained at 25% + for until JDS sold Silvertip to Coeur Mining in Oct 2017.
Coeur Mining has now included the Tahltan in the Silvertip benefits agreement.
In the development of Silvertip, JDS invested in the community and increased capacity for the First Nations living in the both North BC and the Yukon.
JDS is very proud of the working partnership with the First Nation community and gives a lot of the credit to the Kaska and the Tahltan in a successful business venture.
Victoria Gold – Eagle Gold Project
Victoria Gold’s Eagle Gold Project was developed in 2017 thru 2019 in the traditional territory of the Nation of NA-CHO NYAK DUN (NND)
Victoria Gold signed a collaboration agreement with the NND
The Coffee Gold Project is located in the traditional territory of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in in the Central Yukon
JDS working for Goldcorp (now Newmont) signed an exploration benefits agreement with the Tr’ondek Hwech’in including training opportunities, equipment sales and revenue sharing
JDS employment on the project has been consistently between 25 percent and 40 percent of employees being Yukon First Nations
Mt Nansen – Remediation Project
In 2019, JDS and Ensero were awarded the 10 year Mt Nansen Remediation Project
The Mt Nansen Mine lies in the traditional territory of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation (LSCFN)
The Partnership signed a Benefits Agreement with the LSCFN focused on:
Training and capacity building opportunities
Financial revenue sharing
Financial incentives aligned with YESAB and
Water License permitting schedule achievement dates
SHÍSHÁLH NATION (SECHELT, BC)
JDS is the Technical Advisor to the shíshálh Nation for matters pertaining to mineral resource development, mining operations, community impact mitigation and reclamation
JDS was part of the shíshálh Nation negotiating team that secured a beneficial, 50-year Relationship Agreement (RA) with Lehigh Hanson Materials for the operation of a sand and gravel mine and processing facility within the shíshálh Nation swiya (territory).
JDS holds one of two shíshálh Nation seats on the Joint Implementation Committee that oversees implementation of the Lehigh Relationship Agreement.
JDS holds a seat on the Lehigh/shíshálh Technical Committee that oversees community impact mitigation for the Sechelt Mine
JDS helped the Tsain-Ko Dev Corp, the development arm of the shíshálh Nation, bid on a large trucking contract with Lehigh
JDS worked jointly with the shíshálh Nation, Lehigh and the Sunshine Coast Regional District to develop options for a regional a Raw Water Reservoir on shíshálh Nation land
CARIBOO RAIL – VOLUNTEERING AT KAMLOOPS YOUTH CENTRE
As part of our commitment to supporting our Indigenous partners, a group of Cariboo Central Railroad Contracting Ltd. (Cariboo Rail) employees – Kristine Jefferies, Cameron Fraser, Gary Janzen and Tom McAvoy – volunteered alongside friends and members of the Tkemlups te Secwepemc band, to help restore the local youth centre’s planters in Kamloops, providing fresh produce to low-income families and youth.