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Making History in Matagami

Author: Glencore Canada | Date: 24/06/2022

Operations at Matagami Mine officially wrapped up on June 23, closing an important chapter in the history of this small community of nearly 1,400 residents in northern Quebec. Mining has always been the driving force behind development in Matagami. Since the first mine opened in 1960, thousands of workers from around the world have come to the area.

It’s the end of an era and a fitting celebration was in order. Glencore invited residents and mine employees to a farewell celebration on June 10 and 11 to commemorate the closing of the mine and give everyone one last opportunity to get together. The event, entitled "One last tonne of zinc, one big tonne of love!", delighted attendees with musical performances, fireworks, bouncy castles, campfires, and more.

Employees give touching accounts of their time at Matagami Mine in the commemorative video above.

I had the pleasure of starting my career in Matagami a number of years ago. I came away with fond memories and experience that has served me well throughout my worklife. I am very pleased we were able to find a solid partner to relaunch exploration at the Matagami mining camp this year. Thank you, Matagami!

Aline Côté, Co-Lead of Zinc Industrial Assets

Matagami owes its very existence to the mining industry, and for nearly 60 years we have worked hand in hand with our partner in pursuit of mutual success. It is very important that we close this chapter constructively and lay the foundation for the future of our community. Matagami Mine was one of our town’s driving forces right up until the last day of operations.

René Dubé, Mayor of Matagami