Public Notice
Kemess Underground Project — Federal Funds Allocated to Assist Indigenous Participation and Consultation

April 27, 2016 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has transferred $305,700 to the Government of British Columbia to assist the participation of 13 Indigenous groups in the substituted environmental assessment of the Kemess Underground Project, located in British Columbia.

The funds will be distributed by British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on behalf of the Agency to the following Indigenous groups identified by the Agency:

Recipients Amount Transferred
Blueberry River First Nations $12,300
Doig River First Nation $12,300
Fort Nelson First Nation $12,300
Gitxsan Nation, wilp Tutadi (NiiGyep) $12,300
Halfway River First Nation $12,300
Kwadacha Nation $60,900
McLeod Lake Indian Band $12,300
Métis Nation British Columbia $12,300
Prophet River First Nation $12,300
Saulteau First Nations $12,300
Takla Lake First Nation $60,900
Tsay Keh Dene Nation $60,900
West Moberly First Nations $12,300
Total $305,700

The funding made available to Indigenous groups through the Agency's Participant Funding Program will enable participation and consultation in upcoming steps of the substituted environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on the proponent's Application, the EAO's draft Assessment Report and the potential federal environmental assessment conditions.

For more information on participant funding for substituted environmental assessments, the provincial environmental assessment process and the project, please visit the EAO's website at or write to

The Proposed Project

AuRico Metals Inc. proposes to construct and operate the Kemess Underground Project, an underground gold-copper mine located approximately 250 kilometres north of Smithers and 430 kilometres northwest of Prince George, British Columbia. As proposed, the project is anticipated to have an ore production capacity of approximately 24,650 tonnes per day (105,000 ounces of gold and 44 million pounds of copper per year) using underground block caving methods, over a predicted 13-year mine life.

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