In July 2015, Taseko announceda Participation and Cooperation Agreementbetween the Gibraltar Mine and the Soda Creek Indian Band (“Xat’sull”). The agreement reflects a commitment by the Parties to work together productively and harmoniously, in the spirit of good faith and cooperation.
Russell Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko, commented, “Formalizing the relationship with the Xat’sull First Nation is a positive step forward with our First Nations neighbour. It demonstrates the mutual respect of both Parties and recognizes the contributions that each make, with their communities and the region. This agreement, along with the revenue sharing agreement with British Columbia from the mineral tax generated by Gibraltar, is ensuring the approximate 400 community members participate economically in the ongoing operational and financial success of Gibraltar.”
Donna Dixon, Xat’sull Chief, stated, “We are pleased to formalize a relationship with Taseko regarding the Gibraltar Mine. This agreement provides us with capacity and a forum to directly engage with the mine on environmental and economic issues. It also provides valuable support for community development and educational initiatives for our members.”
Xat’sull First Nations reclamation crew
In the Summer of 2012, an extensive reclamation program was completed at Gibraltar with the help of the Xat’sull First Nations reclamation crew, providing summer employment and work experience for local First Nations.
The Gibraltar team, with the help of the Xat’sull First Nations, was recognized for these large-scale reclamation projects and progressive reclamation research trials by the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (“TRCR”) with the award for Metal Mine Reclamation.