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Social and Economic

We believe our presence should leave a lasting positive impact on our communities, from development and operations to closure and beyond. We do this through active consultation, engaged partnerships, mutual respect, and community investments.

IAMGOLD’s Approach to Working with Communities

IAMGOLD strives to create and nurture lasting partnerships with communities in which we operate.

Our partnerships are designed to reach agreed objectives through shared involvement. We do this while respecting cultural heritage and traditions.

We engage with Indigenous communities in a manner that:

  • respects the principle of self-determination
  • aims to achieve Indigenous Peoples’ rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent

We consult and collaborate with impacted Indigenous communities, host communities, and other communities of interest to balance development and safeguard the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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Indigenous Peoples and Land Acknowledgement

Côté Gold is located on Treaty 9 Territory, on the traditional lands of Mattagami First Nation and Flying Post First Nation, and within the traditional harvesting area of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Region 3.

IAMGOLD and joint venture partner Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. have Impact Benefit Agreements with:

  • Mattagami First Nation and Flying Post First Nation, signed April 30, 2019
  • Métis Nation of Ontario, Region 3, signed May 31, 2021

An Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) is a confidential agreement that acknowledges the impact of industrial development and outlines benefits and compensations for impacts to the land and the ways of life of the Indigenous community signatories.

IBAs provide tools for active participation in environmental management and opportunities for benefits. These include participation in employment and training, business opportunities, and resource revenue sharing.

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Indigenous partnerships and employment

IAMGOLD encourages all vendors and contractors to explore partnerships and other arrangements with the Indigenous IBA partners, and their business partners, when preparing bids to supply goods and services.