With the aim of sustainably producing the critical minerals needed for a low carbon future, Canada Nickel is committed to operating in ways that support resilient local communities and minimize our environmental impacts.
Canada Nickel is committed to early, ongoing, and accessible engagement that is specifically tailored to the interests and expectations of all project stakeholders, communities, and Indigenous groups. Canada Nickel intends to manage social, economic, environmental, cultural, and human rights impacts by responding to community concerns, honestly and transparently, while working to directly optimize potential benefits of our projects.
Ongoing dialogue is a key component in ensuring that the Crawford Project is constructed in a way that positively contributes to the future successes of its neighboring communities. Our team will maintain, and seek to continuously improve, ongoing information and participation tools and activities aimed at supporting constructive collaboration throughout the life of the Crawford Project.
As a first phase of engagement, Canada Nickel conducted a number of community meetings with preliminarily identified stakeholder groups which centered around the introduction of Canada Nickel and the Crawford Project. The intent of these meetings was to gain a better understanding of community interests, expectations, and concerns, which was accomplished through open, honest dialogue and the distribution of feedback surveys.
In addition to Phase 1 engagement activities that framed Canada Nickel’s early approaches (see the results of our early feedback surveys here), Phase 2 will continue to shape our understanding of project impacts, suitable mitigation measures, employment and training opportunities, and community contributions and procurement. If your organization is interested in acting as a collaborative project stakeholder for future phases of engagement, please contact us.
Canada Nickel recently formed the Community Contributions and Procurement Committee with social, economic, and municipal representatives from the project’s surrounding communities. The mandate of the Community Contributions and Procurement Committee is to identify, discuss, and propose potential opportunities for community contributions opportunities and to develop guidelines for local procurement during the exploration and development phase of the Crawford Project. Committees for Labour and Training and Environment are planned for the near future, with the intent that communities contribute directly and meaningfully to the Crawford Project’s planning and development.
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Should the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada determine that an Impact Assessment is required for the Crawford Nickel Project, Canada Nickel will seek your feedback on our submissions, plans, and proposals throughout the process. To learn more about your role in the new Impact Assessment process, please click here.
Canada Nickel will request the public’s feedback throughout exploration, construction, and operation of the Crawford Project to support project permitting and strategic decision-making.
The first of the Crawford Project’s public meetings will centre around the Impact Assessment Process, soon to begin through submission of the Initial Project Description to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC). Canada Nickel wishes to invite the community to a virtual public meeting to be provided with information on the project design, its anticipated impacts, and proposed mitigation measures. Canada Nickel will also use this opportunity to answer the community’s questions and to obtain feedback on the information contained in the Initial Project Description.
Click here to download a brief summary of the Crawford Project’s Initial Project Description.
Thank you for your participation in Canada Nickel’s first – virtual – public meetings for the Crawford Project!
For those that were unable to attend, a video recording of the presentation will be made available shortly.
Download a copy of the Initial Project Description presentation file here.
Canada Nickel maintains meaningful communication and collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations with the objective of establishing mutually beneficial, cooperative, and productive relationships centred around transparent information sharing, tailored engagement, and long-term partnerships.
These relationships are maintained with continuous activities and information sharing, including but not limited to:
Canada Nickel will continue to engage with Indigenous communities and organizations to ensure that the Crawford Project is designed and operated in way that respects their rights, experiences, and connection to their traditional lands.
Canada Nickel is exploring innovative, proactive methods for monitoring, mitigating, and, where possible, counteracting the potential environmental risks associated with our operations. Project development activities will incorporate comprehensive environmental baseline studies, intended to feed into the completion of environmental, social, and economic impact assessments driven by government, community, and Indigenous feedback.
Canada Nickel will share public, summarized project information that transparently addresses environment issues, concerns, questions, and opportunities raised throughout the life of the Crawford Project.
Baseline studies designed to establish an environmental profile of the region are underway. Results from these studies, and information from future investigations, surveys, and mitigation plans, will be shared through impact assessment and environmental documents as they become available.
Engagement activities with local indigenous groups and communities are an opportunity for open, transparent, and productive conversations regarding potential project impacts and cooperative identification of mutually beneficial solutions. Beyond these activities, our team is committed to ongoing and accessible communication that is specifically tailored to your individual interests and expectations. Please refer to the contact information provided below for the different ways you can reach our team, or connect with us through our online
feedback submission form and by subscribing to our quarterly community newsletters.