Here are some facts about how the canadian government thinks about how important minning is in canada...
Key Mining Facts 2012
Canada is a global mining giant
- The value of mineral production was nearly $47 billion in 2012 (Sources: Natural Resources Canada, Annual Census of Mines; Statistics Canada).
- Canadian-headquartered mining companies accounted for nearly 37% of budgeted worldwide exploration expenditures in 2012 (Source: Metals Economics Group, Corporate Exploration Strategies). Mining is also an industry that offers exciting opportunities for employment. Over the next decade, the mining and mineral processing industries could potentially hire between 75 000 and 142 000 new employees! (Source: Mining Industry Human Resources Council, Canadian Mining Industry Employment and Hiring Forecasts 2011, August 2011.)Northern Mineral Development- This priority area would focus on the development of better treatment and waste management technologies for the North. This would include the assessment of climate change impacts and development of adaptation measures for water and waste management in the Northern mining industry. Activities will target engagement of Aboriginal and Northern stakeholders.Each year, NRCan undertakes a review of developments in the minerals and metals industries and publishes the results as the Canadian Minerals Yearbook. This publication forms a continuing historical record of Canada's minerals and metals industries from year to year
Natural Resources Canada’s Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) is committed to promoting Aboriginal participation in mining activities throughout Canada. As part of the Minerals and Metals Policy of the Government of Canada, MMS encourages partnerships and dialogue between Aboriginal communities, the mining industry and governments to ensure mutual understanding and benefits. MMS also generates and disseminates knowledge, information and tools for capacity-building and sound decision-making in Aboriginal communities and works to increase understanding of mining and its components.
Aboriginal Participation in Mining Information Products
Interactive Map of Aboriginal Mining Agreements - Over the last few decades, Aboriginal-industry relationships and partnerships have evolved tremendously through the conclusion of various types of agreements related to mine development that have proven to be succesful in securing benefits for many Aboriginal communities. The Interactive Map of Aboriginal Mining Agreements, developed in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, shows where these agreements are taking place across the country and provides specific information on exploration projects and mines, Aboriginal communities, and the types of agreements signed between communities and mining companies.