Avanti Mining Inc. (TSXV:AVT), together with its wholly owned subsidiary Avanti Kitsault Mine Ltd., announced a Letter of Understanding with the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs related to its proposed Kitsault Mine Project. The Letter of Understanding addresses business and employment opportunities as well as training, and cooperation on environmental, social and cultural protection, as well as development of a Wildlife and Water Resource Protection Strategy and related capacity funding.
As quoted in the press release:
The LOU commits the parties to negotiate a Cooperation Agreement that will address:
- Development of a Highway 37 Trust (in collaboration with the province of British Columbia),
- Business and employment opportunities as well as training, and
- Cooperation on environmental, social and cultural protection,
The LOU also addresses development of a Wildlife and Water Resource Protection Strategy and related capacity funding. It was signed on behalf of several Gitanyow Huwlips (houses) most directly affected by the project.
Gitanyow Chief Glen Williams stated, “Avanti has been open and fair in all our dealings. We look forward to strengthening that relationship in ways that will benefit our people as this project proceeds.”
Avanti Kitsault Mines President and CEO Mark Premo said:
We have worked hard to develop a strong relationship with the Gitanyow leaders. We are confident we can develop this project responsibly and do business together, and we look forward to doing so with all First Nations and local communities.