NOAMI Workshop – Exploring the Management of Long-Term Liabilities and the Return of Mining Lands to the Crown in Canada

Consultation

Closed Consultation

Date: May 31 - June 1, 2011
Location: Ottawa Marriot Hotel (100 Kent Street), Ottawa, ON

abandoned mineThe National Orphaned and Abandoned Mines Initiative (NOAMI) asked the RCEN Mining Caucus to select up to 5 ENGO delegates to participate in a 1 ½ day workshop to develop recommendations on how to manage long-term mine site liabilities and issues related to the return of mining lands back to the Crown in Canada (more information below).

The draft workshop agenda is available here.

RCEN Selected Delegates & Reports:

  • Randy Fleming, Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Cooperative, SK - ENGO Report
  • Joan Kuyek, Friends of the Earth Canada, ON - ENGO Report
  • Nathan Lemphers, Pembina Institute, AB - ENGO Report
  • Kevin O'Reilly, MiningWatch Canada, NT - ENGO Report
  • Matthias Starzner, Environmental Mining Education Foundation, BC - ENGO Report

Background Information:

The return of lands to the Crown after mining activities is a transfer of responsibility where the Crown assumes long-term care and management of these lands. NOAMI has an interest in examining the return of lands to the Crown to provide certainty to governments, the mining industry and civil society on the terms and conditions where this could be possible with the intent to avoid closed mines from becoming orphaned or abandoned.

This workshop is loosely based on the recommendations of the report by Cowan Minerals "The Policy Framework in Canada for Mine Closure and Management of Long-Term Liabilities: A Guidance Document" and focuses on the issues of long-term liabilities and return of mine lands to the Crown. The workshop is designed for lots of discussion, with the delegates contributing their expertise and experience on these issues.

The recommendations will be used by NOAMI’s Advisory Committee to create a strategic roadmap for the return of mining lands back to the Crown that will be reported at the Mines Ministers’ Conference in July 2011.

The workshop will be an excellent opportunity for all participants to enrich their understanding of these issues and to engage in constructive discussions with a broad range of stakeholders from the mining industry, non-government organisations, federal and provincial governments, academia, consultants, communities and Aboriginal Canadian groups.

For more information, please contact Daniel Casselman, National Caucus Coordinator (613) 728-9810 ext. 236.

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