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:
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.
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:
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.
IAMGOLD supports Mattagami First Nation with community and environmental initiatives. With other contributors, IAMGOLD supported establishing a fish hatchery.
The main focus of the hatchery is to develop a sustainable walleye population. The hatchery was able to produce and release approximately 250,000 fry (young fish) in its first year. This has increased to approximately 1,000,000 fry released annually.
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.