Nisga’a Nation and Avanti Mining Agree to Reopen Kitsault Mine

New Democrats are applauding an agreement reached between the Nisga’a Nation and Avanti Mining that will help create 300 full-time jobs in the Northwest.

“Reopening the Kitsault Mine is a $1 billion project that will create jobs and grow the economy, both in the Nass region and throughout the Northwest,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

“It is essential as we move forward with resource development in B.C. that these plans include First Nations, and protect our land, air and water. This agreement shows that when we follow good processes, we achieve good results.”

Robin Austin, New Democrat MLA for Skeena noted that the agreement includes a smelter royalty deal and addresses Nisga’a environmental protection concerns.

“I am very pleased to see that the Nisga’a Nation and Avanti have reached an agreement that will create jobs and opportunity in the region now and into the future,” said Austin.

Austin added that he is hopeful the agreement bodes well for addressing outstanding concerns with neighbouring First Nations.

“There are some negotiated protocols to address environmental impacts and I’m hopeful that with this agreement in place, Avanti can move forward with neighbouring First Nations to address any cumulative effects of the increased economic activity.”