Whitehorse:  Vuntut Gwitchin MLA, Darius Elias and Klondike MLA, Sandy Silver attended the 29th annual Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver, which ran from January 23-26th.  Roundup provides a valuable opportunity for attendees to learn about the current status of mineral exploration in Western Canada and to connect with those from businesses, industries, NGOs, First Nations and political circles, who share an interest in this field.  

“It’s a great experience, meeting people from different sectors who share a common interest in mineral exploration,” said Silver, who serves as the Liberal critic for Energy, Mines and Resources.  “Mining is key to the success of Yukon, especially in communities like Dawson City.  It’s great hearing how much excitement the Yukon boom is generating at Roundup, but the most important part of being here is learning how we can help sustain this boom, to give industry the tools it needs to keep Yukoners employed for years to come.”  

Elias, the Liberal Interim Leader, was very encouraged to hear the mining industry speak of the importance of partnering with First Nations; he also noted the potential benefits in Yukon that could come from a stronger working relationship between these two groups.

“When it comes to mineral exploration in Yukon, the outlook for 2012 looks bright,” said Elias.  “The mining industry realizes the value in working with First Nations.  In our territory, a closer working relationship between Yukon First Nations and the mining industry could lead to a number of great opportunities for all involved.”   

Both MLAs underlined the fact that more training needs to be made available in the territory to Yukoners who are interested in working in the mining industry. 

“It’s important to keep Yukoners working in Yukon,” said Elias.  “With the mining boom that’s in effect, it’s vital that Yukoners receive the necessary training to step into the jobs that are being offered in the territory.”          


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