ICMM indigenous people NY workshop

Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

The International  Council of Mining and Metals (“ICMM”) has published a report based on its findings from a workshop, held in New York on 16 May 2014, on how the mining sector does, and possibly should, work with indigenous peoples.

Comprised of representatives from the Mining Sector and NGO’s the event was hosted by event was hosted by ICMM and the UN Global Compact.  The full report can be found here:

http://www.icmm.com/document/7560

But also of interest are the uploaded recordings of the workshop itself. While Mr Kilik states the event is governed by Chattam House Rules we are taking the view that, as they have posted the proceedings onto youtube, the content is safely deemed to be within the public domain.

There are a series of short films but the following ‘clip’ (hour plus) looks at a case study from Rio Tinto and Kijik Corporation on Alaskan Indigenous Peoples work: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA4uzQKNLf0&list=PLBHFbBBhUACZ_naE6CMNbz5rBhGN5bA3R&index=3

Interesting points from the film:

- A community with little experience/understanding of mining and development- education on the impact of project is likely to have way in advance of construction

- The incorporation of traditional systems of decision making into the collaboration

- Good individual representatives- “respectful”

- Garnering of advocacy and support not initially entered into- would have been deemed too much for a project that needed a major paradigm shift for local people to approve it

- Primary Inventory of concern including protection of subsistence resources and cultural/historic sites 

- The importance of local jobs being created and the secondary economy- interesting statistics on local areas decline in terms of economy and population.

- Beyond consultation- Stakeholder to owner. Revenue sharing post commissioning

- (48:30) the Rio representative talks about the challenges standardizing work across a large group to meet a defined standard.