One of the principles of AREVA’s Corporate Social Responsibility is to engage with the leadership of Aboriginal people, municipal representatives and the general public in a manner that recognizes their interest in AREVA’s business, to understand how AREVA’s operations may potentially affect their interests, and how their interests may be accommodated by AREVA. We are committed to working with the general public and Aboriginal people who are interested or may be potentially affected by our projects, so their rights are respected. To do this we are committed to interact with the public and Aboriginal people in a transparent manner, with mutual respect and honesty.
In keeping with the above commitments, we are pleased to provide our Aboriginal and Public Involvement Program (APIP) Strategy document as well as the related reports describing the content and results of our APIP during the first three phases of our public engagement efforts between Spring 2009 and Fall 2010. The APIP strategy and the reports can be reviewed and downloaded on this blog right in the download section.
If you have any questions and/or comments about these documents don’t hesitate to send them to us using the contact section on this blog.
In September, we held a significant community tour, which involved open houses, meetings with First Nation, Métis and community leaders, and presentations to the high schools. We had some great dialogue with people who cam out to learn about the Project, ask questions, and raise concerns Comments are questions related to the conditions of public highways, contingency and emergency response, the proposed future direct link between McArthur River and McClean Lake, aboriginal and public involvement issues, and the environmental review process were raised. We have recorded what we heard. This information will be reported in our forthcoming environmental impact statement. This report will eventually be posted to this blog.
If you were not able to come out and meet us, there is still time to provide us with your comments and ask questions. You can post comments/questions here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the regulatory coordinator, Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at 306-343-4555.
For those of you who joined us at one of our open houses in the north, you may remember that we had this blog available to you to read and submit comments. Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties, your comments and/or questions submitted via the blog were lost. Â We will make sure this doesn’t happen next time.
We would really appreciate if you would take the time to once again type out your comments/questions so that we may provide you with some answers and record your comments. What you have to say is important to us.
We have now had 10 open houses in the north, and today we are taking off for the basin for four more open houses. Â We will be setting up in the same open house style as in other locations. The schedule is below:
Stony Rapids from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 21 at Stony Rapids Community Hall
Black Lake from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 21 at Father Porte Memorial Dene School
Fond Du Lac from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 22 at Father Gamache Memorial School
Wollaston from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Thursday, September 23 at Father Megret Memorial High School
We had open houses in La Ronge, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and Air Ronge last week. The busiest open house was La Ronge, but we received good comments and feedback from all of our sessions. We have been diligently recording comments and questions that we are being brought up. These records continue to help shape the Environmental Impact Statement and will be reported to different government agencies.
After a weekend off, we are back in the north. Today we went to Grandmother’s Bay and Stanley Mission. One of the most common themes we are hearing is related to road conditions. It is in AREVA’s best interest, for local and insutry traffic alike, to see that the road conditions are improved.
We will continue on this week holding open houses in a number of communities. We hope to see you at one of the following locations:
Southend from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 14 at the Southend Youth Centre
Hall Lake from 9:00 am – 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 15 at the Band Hall
Pinehouse from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 15 at Pinehouse Community Hall
Patuanak from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Thursday, September 15 at William Apesis Memorial Hall
Sucker River from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday, September 16 at Sucker River Community Hall
If you are unable to make these open houses, please be sure to ask questions on this blog.
A number of us from AREVA Resources arrived in La Ronge, SK last night. We are getting ready to begin the community consultations for the McArthur River Ore Haul project. We started today (Wednesday) with meetings with local-area councils. We are excited to begin our first set of open houses tomorrow. We will be at La Ronge’s Kikinahk Friendship Centre on Wednesday from 10am until 3pm. We will spend Wednesday evening in Air Ronge at Elk’s Hall. Drop by between 5pm to 8pm.
Are you thinking about attending one of our open houses, but you aren’t too sure about what to expect?
You’re invited to attend an open house to learn more about the proposed McArthur River Ore Haul to McClean Lake Mill Project. Come and enjoy some refreshments with us and meet our team. We will be happy to answer your questions and hear your comments on the proposed projects.
AREVA Resources Canada has had an office in La Ronge since 1994. This office and the people in it have always been an important part of being available to residents of the north. Last month, the AREVA office moved, so we thought we would tell you where the new place is, and who you might find working there. Okay, maybe you don’t need directions to the new office, since it’s only a few doors down from the old one, but in case you didn’t even know we had an office in La Ronge, it’s located at 519 La Ronge Avenue.
Before you stop by, let us introduce Glenn Lafleur, AREVA Resources’ Northern Affairs Supervisor!
The McArthur River ore to McClean project involves transporting ore slurry from McArthur River about 950 kilometers to McClean Lake. To help you learn about transportation in the mining industry and to show you what the drive is like, we jumped in a few semi trucks with some great Northern Resource Trucking (NRT) employees.
If you haven’t seen HIGH GRADE HAULERS, watch part one and two here:
These are some of the faces of High Grade Haulers:
Lloyd, Safety & Compliance Manager
Lloyd drives the northern roads to make sure NRT’s team of drivers are driving safely. He was great to ride with because he knows the ins and outs of training, safety, regulations, in the trucking industry.