An engagement 25 years strong.
Over 25 years later, the Raglan Agreement continues to set the example for new mining projects in Canada and around the world.
The Raglan Agreement was signed in 1995 by Raglan Mine and five Inuit partners: the Makivik Corporation, the two Inuit communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, and their respective landholding corporations. Raglan Mine is the first Canadian mining company to have signed an Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) with an Aboriginal group. Written to comply with the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA), the Raglan Agreement has been used as a point of reference for other agreements between Aboriginal groups and the mining industry and other industrial sectors.
More specifically, this comprehensive socio-economic agreement has provisions for:
- Training and hiring members of the surrounding communities
- Protecting the environment and lessening the impacts of mining activities on the land
- Giving preference to Inuit businesses when awarding contracts
- Monitoring the implementation of the Raglan Agreement through the Raglan Committee
- Profit-sharing and other financial aspects
25 years later, these commitments continue to guide our day-to-day in order to live up the spirit for the Raglan Agreement signed in 1995.
Looking at it years later, I see success. Of course, some aspects could have been improved, but to tell you the truth, I am really happy the mine concluded this Agreement with the Inuit people. It led to many improvements for the communities.
Charlie Arngak - a member of the negotiation process that led to the signing of the Raglan Agreement in 1995, as well as the signing of additional measures to the Raglan Agreement in 2017.