In 2015, the Raglan Mine and its Inuit partners celebrated 20 years of trust and respect, the foundations of which reside in a critical document: the Raglan Agreement.
The Raglan Agreement is a trailblazing partnership that set an example for the industry in 1995. It was the first Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) in Canada to be negotiated and signed directly between a mining company and an Aboriginal group. It has since been used as a standard for leading practice to be followed by other Canadian mining companies.
The Raglan Agreement ensures that the partnership between Raglan Mine in northern Quebec, and the local Nunavik aboriginal communities is rooted in a meaningful respect for the Inuit people, culture and lands. It is a formal agreement that assures that we contribute positively to the Nunavik’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing, in particular that of the nearby communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq.
Over the past 20 years, Raglan has proudly stood by its commitment.
The mine is one of the region’s largest employers and trainers of Inuit people (who comprise over 20% of its workforce) and has supported several entrepreneurial and cultural programmes in the area.
Along with upholding the basics of the Agreement, Raglan has also looked forward to find ways of creating sustainable activity in Nunavik that will benefit future generations. In that spirit, Raglan’s Community Social Involvement programme recently began to support two new projects. These are an ice monitoring project, aimed at identifying the impact of climate change on marine infrastructures in Nunavik; and a project to create greater food security for the people of Salluit, in the form of fish and seafood.