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Rubicon Minerals and Wabauskang First Nation have reached settlement and exploration accommodation agreements over the company’s advanced Phoenix Gold mine project near Red Lake.
The First Nation will drop its lawsuit against Rubicon over its mine closure plan and has agreed to support the company’s ongoing exploration work on Wabauskang traditional territory. The lawsuit was first filed in 2012 when the Ontario government approved Rubicon’s closure plan. The community argued it had not been properly consulted.
Rubicon will provide “certain benefits” to the community based on exploration spending by the company. Employment opportunities will be identified for band members and the company pledges to follow “best environmental practices” as well as incorporate Wabauskang’s cultural values and traditional knowledge of the area into its environmental program.
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