Several provisions respecting operational and environmental matters at Raglan Mine are governed by the Raglan Agreement signed on February 28, 1995, between Société Minière Raglan du Québec Ltée (today Raglan Mine) and five Inuit partners: the Makivik Corporation and the two Inuit communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, supported by their respective landholding corporation (Qaqqalik LHC and Nunaturlik LHC).
Drafted consistently with the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), the Raglan Agreement (1995) was the first true IBA mining contract (Impact and Benefit Agreement) ever signed in Canada between a mining company and an Aboriginal group. Since then, the Raglan Agreement has been used as a reference point for other Aboriginal agreements in the mining industry as well as in other industrial sectors.
This comprehensive socio-economic agreement addresses matters related to:
- Protection of the environment and the mitigation of the impacts of mining activities on the land;
- Financial provisions (profit sharing and others);
- Contracts awarding with a favorable bias to Inuit businesses;
- Training and employment for local communities;
- Conflict resolution process (Raglan Committee);