By Scott Jacob, Manager, Community Relations
In July, a group of Community Communication Liaison Officers (also known as CCLOs) visited Noront’s Esker Camp. CCLOs have an interesting role. They are employed by both their band office and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM). They enable communication between mining companies, the government, the band office council and the community.
Noront VP Exploration, Ryan Weston and I met up with the group in Thunder Bay. A float plane and helicopter ride later, we landed at camp. We started with an orientation lead by our Camp Manager. After lunch, we headed out for a tour of the living quarters, tents, water treatment plant and the core shack, where samples of Eagle’s Nest core were on display.
The tour ended with everyone standing on top of the Eagle’s Nest deposit. Ryan then gave a presentation highlighting Noront’s exploration and future development plans. He also discussed the all-season road which the company hopes to see built in partnership with local communities and the province of Ontario.
Feedback on the visit was very positive:
“The open lines of communication that Noront has provided to nearby communities have allowed many jobs to First Nations, with long-lasting skills to be transferred elsewhere. Esker Camp helps First Nation members gain experience in the mining field. Noront crew managers are proud to tell stories of how First Nation men and women have grown in these positions, even going back to school in related fields.” – Wayne Neegan, Constance Lake First Nation
“I want to thank Noront once again for their great hospitality at Esker Camp. Amazing as usual. The staff up there sure know how to treat visitors.” – Maria Baxter, Marten Falls First Nation
If you have any questions, please contact your CCLO or Scott Jacob at: 1-855-966-7668 ext. 4