Kinross Great Bear recently hosted an environmental monitoring training certification course for members of the Wabauskang and Lac Seul First Nations communities.
The purpose of the training was to build technical capacity among First Nations partners to help Kinross in monitoring the environment, and to build trust through transparency as we undertake our work at the Great Bear Project site.
The five-day training focused on providing the skills and resources needed to perform monitoring techniques for all aspects of a site environment including water, soil and air, according to current environmental regulations in Ontario. Participants began their day with an in-class workshop where they learned the theory behind each module, then spent the afternoon in the field putting it to practice to collect, record and interpret information as an active environmental monitor.
At the conclusion of the training, all participants received certification as environmental monitors. The newly trained monitors are encouraged to visit the project site regularly, with the goal of supporting an inclusive environmental permitting process by keeping our neighbours informed and putting in action our commitment to responsible mining.
“The environmental monitor training program was an excellent opportunity to be responsive to the needs of the communities, and to open doors to learning about mining and the steps we are taking to protect the environment,” said Jenni Piette, Community Relations Manager. “We believe this program demonstrates our commitment to trust and transparency with our partners, and we look forward to continuing to work together in building capacity collaboratively as we advance the Great Bear project.”