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Projects funded under the renewed and expanded Indigenous Natural Resource Partnership Program:

Organization name Description Years Sector Location NRCan Funding Amount
Willow Lake Métis Nation Through this project, Willow Lake Métis Nation will develop an Indigenous Environmental, Social, Governance Pathway which will integrate Indigenous knowledge, values and perspectives into a framework to assess environmental responsibility, attract investment in natural resources, and drive meaningful Indigenous participation. 2023/24-2025/26 Multi-sectoral Alberta $480,000
Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation This project aims to increase Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation (LKFN)’s capacity to train and hire members and develop band-owned businesses and partnerships to capitalize on the opportunities from the Prairie Creek Mine. LKFN will use the internal capacity developed through this project to take full advantage of future development in the territory. 2023/24-2026/27 Critical minerals Northwest Territories $1,974,675
Global Indigenous Development Trust Through this project, the Global Indigenous Development Trust will create a framework for mineral exploration that will braid scientific methodology, nature and traditional ecological knowledge. The aim is to establish a strong reciprocal relationship between the natural environment, Indigenous communities and the mining sector, including Spirit Rock Resources exploration sites. By following the Tahltan Nation’s approach to working with the land and building national Indigenous capacity, the project aims to advance mining exploration and pave the way for a new approach to mining. 2023/24-2024/25 Critical minerals British Columbia $2,408,543
Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resources Centre of Excellence The Centre will lead capacity building with First Nations by developing partnership models and providing access to capital and resources to achieve equity and ownership opportunities in major natural resource projects. The Centre plans to conduct roundtable meetings and targeted capacity-building workshops to cultivate networks within government, industry and the investment community. This will help advance the interests of local First Nations in current and future resource and net-zero energy systems development. 2023/24-2026/27 Mining Saskatchewan $4,500,000
Accurate Industries (Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation) Through this project, Accurate Industries will incorporate ground penetrating radar units in ice road construction operations and maintenance to support critical minerals exploration, development and reclamation activities within the Athabasca Basin. This will help expand business opportunities for Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation and surrounding communities. 2023/24 Critical minerals Saskatchewan $234,467
Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation This project will support the development of partnerships between Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation and industry proponents in mining and hydroelectricity through two initiatives: developing critical minerals partnerships and advancing the Grease Rapids Hydroelectricity project. 2023/24-2024/25 Critical minerals Saskatchewan $688,998
Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC) The Keewatin Tribal Council will conduct an economic opportunity study to enhance the readiness of the Council and the Eleven Nations to participate in the mining industry. It will assess the capacity requirements, classify natural resources and mineral deposits, identify potential partnerships for joint venture opportunities in the future and develop industry services. This project will enable the Eleven Nations to fully exercise their rights to the resources on their land and provide opportunities to balance development with environmental wellness. 2023/24-2024/25 Mining Manitoba $324,432
Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation is partnering with STAAT Ltd. to conduct the Indigenous STARS study. The initiative’s aspirations are clear: to forge a new and enduring connection between First Peoples and industry players in sectors such as critical minerals, energy and clean technology. Led by First Nations businesses and professionals, this study that will assess the potential of the Indigenous labour force to work on key natural resource projects. The project’s activities aim to share information and provide tools that facilitate more effective planning and decision-making and enable training-to-employment partnerships between participating First Nations and industry players across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 2023/24-2024/25 Multi-sectoral Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta $352,500

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