The Raglan mine in northern Quebec operates in a settled land claim area. In 1995, the Raglan Agreement was signed by Société Minière Raglan du Québec Ltée (Raglan Mine) and a number of Inuit partners: the Makivik Corporation (which represents 14 villages in Nunavik) and the Inuit communities Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, supported by their respective landholding corporations. This was the first impact and benefit agreement signed in Canada between a mining company and a First Nations population. It contains our commitments to communicate mine updates and share benefits, and to identify concerns and opportunities raised by the community.
The agreement emphasises employment, training, local procurement and environmental management. It considers mitigation measures associated with traditional practices and ensures that the Inuit directly benefit from social and economic opportunities throughout the mine’s active life. It also established the Raglan Committee, which meets at least twice a year to review progress on the agreement and its commitments. In 2013, we introduced the Rapid Inuit Development and Employment (RIDE) programme, a new component of Raglan’s Tamatumani programme for Inuit recruitment and retention, which has been in place since 2008. RIDE focuses on career progression planning for qualified, committed Inuit employees, partnering with key educational institutions to encourage our Inuit workers to value academic development. RIDE has two components:
- The Individual Career Development Plan, which aims to promote the talents of the Inuit community by building awareness of skills they already have and producing role models to motivate and encourage other Inuit employees at the mine
- Our educational partnerships demonstrate the relevance of academic development and influence young Inuit to join a training programme that interests them, making the possibility of promotion and career progression more likely
Outside of RIDE activities, Raglan is also implementing the Kautaapikkut strategy: partnering with government, community and other industry leaders to develop innovative employment and training strategies across the Nunavik region.