Golden Predator in the Communities
In recognition of International Women’s Day and over 120 years of strong Indigenous women in mining in the Yukon we congratulate Mary Caesar, recipient of the 2019 Canadian Indigenous Trailblazer Award. Mary was the catalyst behind Golden Predator’s Elders-in-Residence program that seeks to bring people and communities together.
Mary Caesar with Yukon Government Minister Pillai at the Women in Mining Awards Ceremony in Toronto, Canada
Golden Predator is supportive of a progressive, cooperative, relationship with all governments as we advance our projects. We are committed to developing sustainable and long-term relationships and believe we have an obligation to the communities in which we operate. We strive to be good stewards of the environment and socially responsible through our actions and act as good neighbours always.
Golden Predator continually strives to be an industry leader as a good corporate citizen of the Yukon. In particular, this means that we hire locally and source our contracts through providers that are local or have relationships established with the First Nation whenever practical. Over 80% of the people employed at Golden Predator from August 2016 to December 2017 were Yukoners, and almost half of those Yukoners where First Nations citizens.
In 2012, Golden Predator signed a Socio-Economic Accord for the Brewery Creek project. The TH/GPD Socio Economic Accord is a mutually beneficial partnership between Golden Predator and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (TH) to support and assist each other to build an effective working relationship in pursuit of the reopening of the Brewery Creek Mine, support the social and economic development of THFN and its citizens, achieve successful environmental screening, licensing and permitting required and ensure responsible management of and minimize the environmental impact resulting from the project.
In 2013, Golden Predator signed an Exploration Agreement with the Kaska Nation, as represented by the Ross River Dena Council and the Liard First Nation, with respect to activities within their traditional territories.
In the Fall of 2017, Golden Predator was honoured to host a group of Elders at the 3 Aces project, now held by Seabridge Gold. Elder tours are important for many reasons, and our staff greatly appreciate their visits and the knowledge they share. It is important for us to better understand the culture, and the important connections to the land where we conduct our operations
Golden Predator sponsored the NHL First Nation Old Timers visits to Watson Lake in the Spring of 2017 and 2018, as well as, the Kids Hockey Camp in the Summer of 2017. In 2018, we worked with the Council of Yukon First Nation Grand Chief (CYFN) Peter Johnson to pull the trip together. CYFN worked with John Chabot and his group of First Nation NHL alumni to visit several Yukon communities - the visits were a huge success.
Between March 19 and 23, 2018, Golden Predator hosted the Dena Kayeh Institute, part of the Daylu Dene Council from Lower Post, BC (part of the Kaska Nation). The Dena Kayeh Institute received training funds through the Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program to conduct training in climate monitoring. We were very happy to have the trainees on site working with Jillian Chown, Senior Environmental Specialist, from Golden Predator. Thank you, Robbie Porter, Lisa Shepherd, Jade Miller and Lizann Porter, for all your hard work!
In early 2018, we began working with the Housing Department at Liard First Nation to provide two trainee positions to help with housing repairs and maintenance in the community. Finding creative ways to work with the community, train people, and build the necessary skills we need is important and bringing everyone forward together important for us.
In 2017 we held prayer ceremonies and a drumming ceremony with the opening of the new bridge across the Little Hyland River.