Tyhee NWT Corp. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tyhee Gold Corp.) has set out to establish a new standard for identifying and implementing programs to enable the Company to maximize social and economic benefits related to our Yellowknife Gold Project, while minimizing any negative impacts. To achieve this goal, a number of interested individuals and groups as well as the help of independent professionals were requested to provide input. Together, a set of principles was established that will help us advance our Project in an efficient and socially responsible manner.
Tyhee is committed to fostering clear, open relations with the community in its continuing efforts to be a good neighbor that supports community and economic development in the region.
As a company wishing to conduct business in certain sensitive areas, Tyhee recognizes the need and its responsibility to be honest and forthright in its reporting of planning, progress and operations. Without honesty, there can be no trust; without trust, there can be little genuine and timely progress.
Tyhee understands that social responsibility means being responsible to all of society. Stakeholders in our Project include but are not limited to our investors, management, and employees but also of primary importance are surrounding communities, and indigenous people as well as the regulatory community. All these groups need to be considered.
At the same time, the Company needs to achieve economic viability. Without it, a company cannot meet the financial needs associated with socially acceptable methods of operation. Tyhee understands this and will provide a corporate culture that is prudent, honest and competent.
Tyhee has already taken significant steps to know, understand and demonstrate its respect for the culture and concerns of the indigenous people affected by our projects, and we will continue to work hard at maintaining these efforts. Tyhee will also educate its employees and contractors concerning the culture and concerns of its indigenous neighbors in order to ensure that they too hold the same concern and respect for local people and issues.
Tyhee strongly believes that the success of its endeavors relies upon the support of the local Aboriginal peoples. It was the First Nations and Métis who assisted the first explorers and prospectors. They led the way in developing the routes and the methods for the “cat trains” of the 1930’s and 1940’s that evolved into our now famous ice roads. They have been trusted and capable employees who have helped build northern industry. We would like to continue and enhance that relationship, encouraging the First Nations and Métis people of the region to play long-term and meaningful roles in the development and operations of our gold mining projects.
Tyhee plans to meet with Aboriginal elders and leaders on a regular basis, actively maintaining its open door policy. At the same time, Tyhee has already begun contributing to early education efforts. The Company has supported initiatives such as “on the land” experiences for youth and has helped in developing lending libraries for young children. Tyhee believes strongly in supporting both traditional and conventional methods of education. We are interested not only in offering employment to people in the region, but we believe there is an even greater opportunity in exploring the possibility of matching aptitudes to job descriptions. We see this as a way to offer opportunities that are compatible with interests and cultural considerations, helping to provide stable, long-term positions.
All of us know that mines have a finite life span. We recognize that when a mine has reached the end of its working life, a positive legacy needs to remain. Tyhee has every intention of supporting education and training programs that will provide transferable skills and, in turn, access to a lifetime of opportunity.
Above all, Tyhee truly understands and respects the importance of the air, land, and water in this region, the elements that are the very cornerstones of a long-established northern society. When industrial activity is complete, these cornerstones must be left intact.
Two statements made by contributors to our research efforts can sum up Tyhee’s overall position on social responsibility. A long-time professional in the field of social sciences noted, “Families are the functional units of a community and the ability to thrive depends on mutual social responsibility for people, land, air and animals. This is the responsibility and legacy of human activity and industry.” A current Chief added, ”We are not against development, but when development happens, we want to make sure it happens right”
Tyhee is committed to making development happen right.
Signed June 19, 2012
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