Building trust and understanding
We act in a socially responsible manner and contribute to the communities in which we operate in order to make a difference in their everyday lives. We are committed to working with our employees and other stakeholders to create growth and prosperity, which allows all stakeholders to benefit from our mining activities.
Agnico Eagle is fully committed to increasing transparency in our business and to gaining social acceptance for our development projects. In July 2015, after three years of dialogue, we signed an Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement with the Kivalliq Inuit Association for the Meliadine gold project. This landmark agreement paves the way for greater participation of Inuit in the mining workforce and supports the development of Inuit entrepreneurship. We also implemented an Aboriginal Engagement Policy for our Canadian operations and in 2016, we plan to implement a global Indigenous Peoples Engagement Policy – both will guide our consultation practices and define the mitigation strategies we will use while engaging with Indigenous groups impacted by our presence and mineral activities.
Our community investment program continues to target initiatives that enable each of our operating communities to benefit from economic development in their region, even after mining ceases. Our goal is to provide both Agnico Eagle and our host communities with optimum returns on our community investments. In 2015, we invested almost $3.4 million in strategic health, education and capacity-building initiatives.
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Did you know?
- Since 2009, Agnico Eagle’s community investments have totalled more than $21 million.
- We provide unique cross-cultural training programs at our Meadowbank site, including lessons on the traditional way of building an igloo, which have played a big role in Inuit culture and way of life.
- Each year our operations host Open Houses, often bringing neighbours, employees and their families underground or using new technology to give them a virtual below-ground experience.
- La India formalized its community relations program and with education identified as the local priority, our team restored a school in Matarachi which, in turn, encouraged 50% of the students who contemplated leaving to come back.