Troilus Agreement Film:
The relationship between Troilus and the Cree of Mistissini is a 23 minute-long film made at Troilus, one of Inmet’s closed properties to give insight into the relationship between Troilus and the Cree of Mistissini and how the Troilus Agreement facilitated that task. Video - English on Vimeo Video - Spanish on Vimeo
Troilus was the first mining operation in the Cree region covered by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement to have been the subject of a comprehensive negotiated agreement with a nearby Cree First Nation (Mistissini) to address issues related to employment, economic development and environmental protection. The Cree population as a whole in Northwestern Quebec has considerable experience with hydro-electric development in the last three decades and to some extent, the models for economic participation pursued in the context of the Troilus mine were built upon the experience acquired with regional hydro-development.
The Troilus Agreement was designed to:
• Respond to the needs and concerns of the families whose hunting grounds were directly impacted by the mining operation by involving them in certain remedial measures aimed at making it possible for them to continue to hunt and fish in the area adjacent to the mine
• Secure stable and diversified employment at the operation throughout the life of the mine for the Cree population.
• Maximize opportunities for contracting of services and for developing the management expertise needed for successful participation on joint ventures for Cree businesses.
Why is this important?
Since the establishment of the Troilus agreement, best practice relating to mining and indigenous peoples has evolved. Successful mining projects require the support of the communities in which they operate to ensure continued access to land and resources. At Cobre Panama, one of the complexities of the project is our proximity to and impact on local indigenous peoples. We are working towards building a respectful relationship based on mutual agreement, as illustrated by Cobre Panama by obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities which will undergo resettlement and ongoing engagement throughout the life of the mine.
Inmet’s positive relationship and legacy with the Mistissini Cree at Troilus contributes to our reputation as being respectful to Indigenous Peoples and their rights and delivering positive development outcomes to their communities.