Fortune Minerals is committed to and understands that it must earn the opportunity
to foster successful relationships in the Aboriginal communities in which we work.
We also understand the importance of timely and meaningful dialogue with all
The Tlicho First Nation is the primary Aboriginal group in proximity to Fortune’s NICO deposit in the Northwest Territories. We strive to develop productive working relationships with all residents within the operating areas around our projects and are involved in ongoing consultation to ensure sensitivity to the protection of First Nation lands and water, Traditional Knowledge, history and culture.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (“CCAB”)
efforts by awarding the Company a Bronze level status in the Progressive Aboriginal
Relations (“PAR”) program.
The PAR program is the first and only corporate
responsibility assurance program in the world with an emphasis on Aboriginal
Students from McGill University tour the Revenue Silver Mine as part of a fieldtrip to Colorado organized by the Society of Economic Geologists.
Graduate students from the Colorado School of Mines tour Fortune’s Revenue Silver Mine for insight to the activities at a producing mine.
Fortune’s Vice President of Finance & CFO, Adam Jean, is featured in Business London’s annual 20 Under 40 issue. Those recognized were noted for their contribution to the community. Adam’s community involvement includes his role as President of the Sunshine Foundation - a national Canadian charity to providing individual dreams to children with severe physical disabilities as well as life-threatening illnesses.
Fortune Minerals Limited supports Wha Ti youth travelling to the Dreamcatcher Aboriginal Youth Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsors Wha Ti participant in the Canada World Youth program. This program provides youth with international experience through volunteer roles in sectors such as health care, education, social services, agriculture, and the environment.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported the annual Aboriginal Day celebrations in Behchoko by providing a complimentary meal for those in attendance.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported the achievement celebration for the class of Introduction to Office Skills at the Wha Ti Aurora College Learning Centre.
Fortune Minerals Limited is pleased to assist six Tlicho students with their participation in the Northern Youth Abroad program. The program enables youth aged 15 to 22 living in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to acquire professional skills and training, hands on work experience, and high school credits through a cross cultural work and learning experience in southern Canada and abroad.
Fortune Minerals Limited is pleased to provide continued sponsorship for the Wha Ti Hand Games and the Men’s Annual Hand Games held in Behchoko.
Fortune Minerals Limited’s Pat Moloney hosted a booth at the Gameti Career Fair to discuss opportunities in the mining industry with the local community members.
Fortune Minerals Limited donated to the Dease Lake Men’s Hockey Tournament to support a local community centre.
Fortune Minerals Limited provided uniforms for the Tlicho Men’s Volleyball team.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Tlicho communities of Whati and Behchoko and contributed to the Vancouver Gitxsan Christmas party.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsored the Whati Women’s Volleyball Team’s attendance at a tournament in Yellowknife.
Fortune Minerals Limited contributed to the Community Youth Banquet and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Gameti.
Fortune Minerals Limited supports Hazelton minor hockey.
Fortune Minerals provided trophies for the Hazelton Minor Hockey Novice Tournament and contributed throughout the hockey season by assisting with fund raising efforts by hiring teams as the caterers for the company's meetings with Gitxsan Chiefs whose territories fall along the rail line for the proposed Arctos project.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported Behchoko Youth Hockey Clinics.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported a handgame tournament in Whati.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsored the Youth and Family Halloween Dance in Whati.
Fortune Minerals Limited continues to support the Breakfast for Learning program in the Behchokö, Wekweètì, Gamètì and Whatì communities. Breakfast for Learning is a national charity that educates, and empowers communities to deliver school based nutrition programs, helping children and youth realize their full potential in life.
Fortune Minerals’ Bill Shepard delivers a cheque to Dana Britton of Breakfast for Learning in the presence of Jackson Lafferty the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment
Fortune Minerals Limited was awarded a Bronze level standing in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (“PAR”) program by the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business. The Company was commended for its participation in the Aboriginal community and is seen as a best-practice organization in the field of Aboriginal relations.
Fortune Minerals Limited delegates attended the 9th Tlicho Annual Gathering and 1st Session of the 3rd Assembly in Bechoko.
Tahltan Band Fundraiser Bike Ride 2013
Fortune Minerals Limited is pleased to support Tahltan Band Chief Rick McLean’s fourth annual charity bike ride. Rick Schryer, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for Fortune Minerals participated in the ride that has traditionally raised funds to help Tahltan families with sudden medical travel expenses. This year the construction of a youth bike park in Telegraph creek will also be supported.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsors Wha Ti Canada Day celebration.
Fortune Minerals Limited employees Pat Moloney, Rick Schryer and Charlie Jim Nitsiza provided a complimentary lunch to those attending the 2013 Aboriginal Day celebration in Behchoko.
Pat Moloney (right) and Charlie Jim Nitsiza (left) preparing to serve lunch.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported the 2 Base Allstars co-ed baseball team. The team is a member of the Yellowknife Slo-Pitch Association and is comprised of players from ages 13 to 50.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsors North Slave Metis Alliance Aboriginal Day events.
Fortune Minerals Limited is pleased to once again sponsor the Northern Youth Leadership Society (NYLS), Taiga Adventure Camp (TAC). NYLS provides outdoor camps and programming for youth across the NWT with the mission to provide personal growth, leadership opportunities and connections that empower young people to create positive change.
Fortune Minerals Limited was pleased to provide sponsorship to the Men's Hand Games in Behchoko.
Fortune Minerals Limited supported equipment purchases for the Wha Ti Youth Hockey Program.
The 2013 Winter Carnival is a family-focussed, week-long event in Wha Ti. Fortune Minerals Limited was please to provide a financial contribution to support this year's event.
A team from Fortune Minerals Limited participated in the Dease Lake Men's Hockey tournament. This was Fortune's first year entering a team.
Rick Schryer (Left) and Pat Moloney (Right) of Fortune Minerals pose for a photo.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsored a Behchoko winter hockey program organized by the Rae-Edzo Friendship Centre and NWT Hockey. The clinics provide Behchoko youth with an opportunity to develop skating and hockey skills and to participate in friendly competition.
Fortune Minerals Limited contributed to the Breakfast for Learning program in the Behchokö, Wekweètì, Gamètì and Whatì communities. Breakfast for Learning is a national charity that educates, and empowers communities to deliver school based nutrition programs, helping children and youth realize their full potential in life.
“Mezi Community School Staff, students and community members would like to thank Fortune Minerals for providing financial support towards our breakfast program. The students look forward to coming to school early each morning to enjoy fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, toast and juice. The MCS breakfast program encourages healthy eating and higher attendance at our school. Without your support the Breakfast Program would not be able to run as effectively.”
~Blair Hagman, Principal, Mezi Community School, Whatì
Fortune Minerals Limited contributed funds towards the Urban Gitxsan Society's annual Christmas Dinner which caters to low income families. The event consists of a traditional Christmas dinner, presents for the children who attend and pictures with Santa Clause.
Staff at Fortune Minerals Limited participated in a team building event that raised funds for the Sunshine Foundation in London, Ontario. The Sunshine Foundation provides individual dreams to children with severe physical disabilities as well as life-threatening illnesses.
Adam Jean, Controller at Fortune Minerals Limited hands over a contribution to Nancy Sutherland, National Executive Director, The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.
Fortune Minerals Limited employees supported Movember by submitting a team for fundraising efforts and contributing to the cause. Funds raised in Canada support men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.
Fortune Minerals recognizes the importance of building capacity in the North. Through Skills Canada NWT, Fortune Minerals is supporting early opportunities in skilled trades and technology for NWT youth.
Public Hearings in Behchoko
Former Grand Chief, Joe Rabesca, speaking on behalf of the NICO project at the public hearings in Behchoko.
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Gala, VIP reception
Sherry Tunks and Bill Shepard (above-centre) accepting the CCAB award for Fortune Minerals achieving the Committed Level of the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.
Fortune Minerals Limited joins the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program at the Committed Level. PAR is the first and only corporate responsibility assurance program in the world with an emphasis on Aboriginal relations.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsored the Tahltan Bike Ride 2012 and received many thanks from Rick Maclean, Chief of the Tahltan Nation for its strong support. 4 riders rode 112 km from Dease Lake, BC to Telegraph Creek, BC to raise funds to assist area families/residents, including First Nations with the very high cost of medical travel.
Fortune Minerals Limited hosts the annual BBQ for National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2012 in Behchoko.
Fortune Minerals Limited was pleased to support Tlicho students through Skills Canada NWT. Youth competitors from different communities participated in the NWT South Regional Skills Competition, presented by Skills Canada NWT. Students competed in categories such as welding, cooking, hairstyling, photography, graphic design and workplace safety.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsored the Whati Women's Volleyball (Blue) team at the Territorial Open Men/Women Volleyball Tournament in Yellowknife.
WIL Employment Connections E-Newsletter feature: "Fortune Minerals and Rena Zhu: A winning combination". WIL Counselling and Training for Employment and WIL Employment and Learning Resources Corporation (operating as WIL Employment Connections) are non-profit organizations dedicated, primarily, to facilitating the economic and social integration of immigrant women and men and Canadian women and men into the broader community of London and area.
Fortune Minerals Limited contributes to the Geoscience Forum in Yellowknife. The "Career Exploration" segment introduced youth to careers in the mining industry.
Fortune Minerals Limited makes a donation to the Dalmeny Children's Christmas Carnival.
Fortune Minerals Limited donates to the Gitwangak Youth and Family Halloween Dance. This drug and alcohol free event provides a safe and controlled environment for an enjoyable family evening.
Gitwangak youth & family dance
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsors the 2011 Gitxsan Summit. The annual event was held in Kitwanga, BC and was focused on the economic development within the Gitxsan territories.
Fortune Minerals Limited supports 2011 Gitxsan Open Golf Tournament.
Fortune Minerals Limited makes a financial contribution to the Behchoko Sportsplex.
Fortune Minerals Limited sponsors Tahltan Chief Rick McLean's bike ride from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek. The funds raised for the Tahltan Band Special Request Fund are used to assist families with the expenses related to travelling with loved ones receiving cancer treatment.
Tahltan Chief Rick McLean on the road from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek.
Fortune Minerals Limited makes a donation to the Langham Kinsmen and Kinette Club to contribute to the building of a community playground.
Fortune Minerals Limited contributes to Behchoko's Canada Day celebration.
Fortune Minerals Limited hosts a barbeque in Behchoko to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.
National Aboriginal Day BBQ
Right to Left: Carl Clouter, Tom Rinaldi, Pat Moloney, Jim Mucklow, Janet Rabesca
Fortune Minerals Limited supports Behchoko's Father's Day community celebrations.
Fortune Minerals Limited supports the 2011 Behchoko Carnival
Fortune Minerals Limited supports Tlicho youth hockey.