Coordinating Canadian Efforts to Protect and Respect Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – the “GPs” – enjoy widespread support from NGOs, companies and governments and provide a clear framework for improving countries’ protection of human rights, companies’ management of human rights impacts, and the provision of access to remedy for those affected. What is currently missing is a coordinated approach to ensure Canadian actors promote and implement the GPs through their work.

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Stratos Insights from the Nunavut Mining Symposium

Stefan Reinecke of Stratos’s mining team was at the Nunavut Mining Symposium April 7-10 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The conference provided an opportunity for industry, government, community leaders, regional Inuit organizations, and other practitioners to present on, and discuss, recent developments and initiatives. Nunavut, where several large and high grade mineral deposits have been identified, remains an area of high interest for the mining sector, but the environmental and socio-economic conditions in the territory present significant barriers to establishing socially and environmentally acceptable mine operations that are also profitable.

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Cultivating Community Acceptance

Communities are increasingly recognizing – and demanding – that they receive direct and tangible benefits in return for hosting mining and other extractive operations. To cultivate community acceptance and support for their operations, there is a growing onus on companies to demonstrate that the positive benefits of their presence will outweigh the associated negative impacts. In our experience, the best way to do this is to build respectful and trust-based relationships at many levels within the community, and to work collaboratively to address local needs and priorities. Through on-going discussions and dialogue, the company should work to understand community needs...

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Canada Welcomes a New Era Of Cooperative Governance

History was made January 20, 2014 in Canada when the Eeyou Istchee Nation and the Government of Quebec inaugurated a new co-governance regime. The creation of the new Eeyou Istchee – James Bay Regional Government provides greater autonomy and enhanced participation of the Cree in local governance including land use planning and resource development. Category II lands – over 40,000 square kilometers south of the 55th parallel under the dominion of Quebec...

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What’s the latest thinking on Natural Resource Development Planning in the North? Stefan Reinecke Presenting to the 2014 Northern Lights Conference

On Saturday, February 1, Stefan will explore the emerging approaches to natural resource development planning that are being considered and tested in northern Canada. These include assessing community readiness for resource development; designing concepts for regional engagement and planning for specific development areas; and developing multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives focused on specific development challenges...

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Stratos wins joint Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award with the Mining Association of Canada

Stratos is delighted to have been recognized with the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) for a joint Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Award for its work in support of the Towards Sustainable Mining Initiative. The ECR Awards celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices in business.

“It is an honour to be recognized by a jury of sustainability experts for our work helping the mining industry integrate sustainability practices into their operations”, said Michael van Aanhout, Chairman of Stratos. “MAC and its members have shown tremendous leadership in advancing the sustainability practices of Canadian mining and we are proud to have played a role in its development and implementation.”  To download the full press release click here.

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Emerging Transparency Expectations in the Mining Sector

Stratos has recently examined in depth the global and national social performance transparency requirements, standards, and practices for the extractive industries. The research covers four different areas...

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