Engagement at the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) Economic Development Youth Summit

July 25, 2018 – Enoch Cree Nation, Alberta

At the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) Economic Development Youth Summit, representatives from Natural Resources Canada gave a presentation on the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan and facilitated an interactive activity on mining information sharing with 70 Indigenous Youth Summit delegates from across Canada.

Following the presentation, youth delegates posed four questions:

  • How will the environment and wildlife be included in the Plan?
  • What do you see as the future shift away from Impact and Benefit Agreements?
  • What will be done to end the overrepresentation of Indigenous workers in entry-level positions at mine sites?
  • Will the Yukon government be amending its Mining Act under the Plan?

Following the presentation, participants were prompted to work in teams to recommend ideas that would answer the following question: How can information about mining be shared with youth, adults and elders when interest is not accessible?

Responses focused on information sharing through traditional communication mediums such as radio, bulletin boards, telephone and newsletters, while emphasising the importance of in-person communication, including door-knocking, community/industry events and in-school workshops.

Participants acknowledged that there is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach, and communication mediums should be tailored for different audiences, including distinctions based on age.

The recommended approaches for sharing information on mining included:

Community Focused

  • Holding workshops at community meetings, including participation incentives (e.g. food provided)
  • Direct calling community members
  • Mailers to residential mailboxes (or band offices in the absence of mailboxes)
  • Engaging youth advisory groups
  • Hosting game/movie nights in communities
  • Bulletin boards and posters around the community
  • Sponsorship and booths at Powwows and other community/cultural events
  • Sharing information packages with community leadership
  • Holding one-on-one sessions with community members, including door knocking

Regionally focused

  • Community radio/television programming and advertisements
  • Regional newspapers and magazines
  • Workshops in workplaces, including "lunch and learns"

Industry Focused

  • Site visits to mines/exploration camps
  • Information sharing at summits, conferences, and trade shows
  • Establishing toll free numbers for information sharing
  • Mentorship for youth and adults

Explicitly youth focused

  • High school champions
  • Games for children / youth
  • Presentations in schools
  • Bringing students to mine sites
  • Holding career fairs