Ross, N & Bond, B 2008, 'Viability of Aboriginal Communities Beyond Mine Closure', in AB Fourie, M Tibbett, I Weiersbye & P Dye (eds), Mine Closure 2008: Proceedings of the Third International Seminar on Mine Closure
, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 873-878, https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_repo/852_81
Historically, the focus of mine closure has been put on environmental aspects without addressing long-
lasting social and economic impacts of mine closure on communities. For aboriginal communities in
Canada, these impacts can be significant. Provisions for post-closure well-being strategies are increasingly
included in Impacts and Benefits Agreements signed between aboriginal communities and mining companies.
However, communities are often inadequately prepared and lack the capacity to offset the impacts. The
Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities produced by the Government of Canada et al. (2006)
was designed to provide basic information on the mining sequence including the last phase, mine closure
and reclamation, as well as opportunities that may be available. The kit also provides ideas and examples of
how industry, governments and communities can work together to build community capacity to plan in
advance, manage opportunities and develop economic alternatives following mine closure.
Government of Canada, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, The Mining Association of Canada, and
Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (2006) Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities, 100 p.
Statistics Canada (2008) Provincial and territorial economic accounts, The Daily, Monday, April 28, 2008.