Our Commitment

At the Kudz Ze Kayah project we are working to ensure that our relationships with the local communities and First Nations groups are strong and based upon mutual respect. Outcomes need to be fair and equitable for all parties to ensure a lasting positive legacy from the project.

Our community philosophy is simple:

That philosophy is based on a series of solid commitments, and an understanding of the actions we need to take to deliver real outcomes:

At the Kudz Ze Kayah Project Proposal we have committed ourselves to;

These commitments will be achieved by:


Community Relations

Community relations plan for Kudz Ze Kayah (KZK)

BMC has consulted widely about the KZK exploration and development project, speaking with  Kaska Dena and other First Nations, local communities, government agencies, stakeholder groups and other interested parties.

Engagement throughout the entire life of this project is a priority for us. Assessment, licensing and operation of the proposed mine must be underpinned by thorough, formal consultation.

This will occur throughout all stages of the Project development:

  • Initially, a draft Consultation and Engagement Plan (CEP) has been developed.
  • The KZK Project proposal covers traditional land of Kaska Dena and Liard First Nations people, who have been and will continue to be provided with the opportunity to review and input into the plan, to ensure they agree with the approach and are willing to participate.
  • Once any changes that have resulted from the consultation process have been made and broad support for the CEP is confirmed, the plan will be implemented, and will underpin all the development stages of the mine.

Consultation and engagement

In the approach laid out in the draft CEP, BMC’s consultation and engagement will mostly take place in community meetings/open houses, site tours and individual meetings, and through newsletters and the project website.

In addition, four main groups will be particularly targeted for consultation:

  1. Potentially affected First Nations
  2. Potentially affected communities
  3. Governments
  4. Other stakeholders and interested parties.

Open Houses

BMC is hosting regular open houses meetings for all communities. Before each meeting, information updates are circulated to Kaska, other First Nations and the communities. The dates and locations of the open houses are advertised through community bulletin boards (e.g. at post offices, grocery stores, etc.) and other channels.

Because the timing for open house meetings may not always work for everyone, in 2016, BMC held an online “Virtual Open House” on its website.  This  contained the complete suite of information presented at the open house meeting. A questions/comments form provided an opportunity for interested parties to communicate with BMC as if they had attended the meeting.

Kaska First Nations

The Kudz Ze Kayah Project Proposal is located within the traditional territory of the Kaska Dena people. The project sits within the Ross River economic boundary and as such the Ross River Dena Council is the primary contact for BMC. Engagement and consultation with Kaska First Nation started prior to  the acquisition of the KZK property, and BMC is looking forward to the relationship deepening over the course of the KZK Project development.

Further commitments addressing the collection and use of Traditional Knowledge are set out in a Traditional Knowledge Protocol.

BMC understands that during consultation and engagement, Kaska will be evaluating not only the project, but also BMC as a company, and its people. It is recognized that Kaska support for the development to mining of the KZK Project will require trust in BMC, and that can only be earned through mutual respect gained in part by repeated, meaningful and honest engagement.

BMC continues to work to enhance the personal and professional working relationships with:

  • The Ross River Dena Council (RRDC) and Liard First Nation (LFN) Chief and Council Leadership
  • The Dena Nezziddi Corporation (DNC), to explore contracting opportunities. BMC will help ensure DNC is prepared for the significant increase in potential contracts that will come with the development of the mine.
  • Community and Elders, who play a key role in decision-making within RRDC and LFN. It is imperative that this group is effectively engaged. Consultation will be carried out through community meetings, site tours, and targeted meetings. As site tours are not always effective or convenient for everyone, and because we appreciate that some elders may have mobility issues, indoor meetings in Ross River or Faro will be arranged where necessary to ensure full and fair consultation of elders.

Affected communities

In addition to the meetings detailed above, BMC has contacted local community leaders, introducing BMC, providing an outline of the proposed KZK Project, and providing individual contact information for any questions from stakeholders.

Community leaders will also be provided with:

  • A copy of the BMC’s quarterly newsletter and a link to subscribe to newsletter updates
  • An invitation to all upcoming community open houses, and a commitment that they will be advised of place/date/time of all events in the future
  • A link to the KZK Project website.

Since 2015, community meetings in Ross River and Watson Lake have been held regularly and this is planned to continue. Community meetings in  other communities will be held twice per year or more frequently if requested by the communities.

Community organizations and political leadership will also be provided with one-on-one consultation and engagement opportunities.

Feedback

BMC encourages the adoption of formal procedures for feedback, which include incorporating a standing agenda item for each community meeting. While community meetings are often the most effective mechanisms for providing this ‘what we heard’ feedback, it will also be included in printed media such as community newsletters and leaflets distributed at the outset of community meetings. Additionally, the online Virtual Open House meetings will provide digital opportunities for feedback.

Community Newsletter

Our latest Community Newsletters can be found on the News page.


As soon as acquisition of the KZK project was completed in January 2015 we immediately entered into a comprehensive environmental survey programme to begin the work needed to support a sustainable mining operation at the environmental level. Our independent environmental consultants have focused on the following core areas;


Environmental

KZK Environmental and Socio-economic Baseline Studies were conducted in the mid 1990s, along with an Environmental and Socio-economic Impact Assessment (under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act). A Type A Water Licence (QZ97-026) was issued for the project in the late 1990s.

Over the past two years BMC has completed additional environmental and socio-economic baseline studies. These studies will be ongoing and have built on and added to the data collected by previous owners, to support the Project Proposal submission made to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) in March 2017. This  submission is currently in the Adequacy Review stage. Subsequent to YESAB approval, BMC will apply for the issue of a new Type A Water Licence and a Quartz Mining Licence to allow for development and operation of the project.

The nature of these baseline studies is explained below.

Initial environmental baseline studies completed with ongoing monitoring and data collection underway

Climate

  • Snow course monitoring will be conducted monthly through winter
  • The baseline report will include one annual cycle of local data and long term regional data for temperature, precipitation, snow depth and snow-water equivalent, wind speed and direction, relative humidity and evaporation.

Groundwater quality and flow

  • Ten new groundwater wells were installed at the site (of which five are nested)
  • From the historical wells, 13 have been redeveloped and sampled
  • Water levels and samples are collected quarterly from the new and old wells
  • Select seeps/springs are being sampled
  • Two pumping wells were installed and testing has been completed.

Surface water quality and quantity

  • In 1994/1995, 28 sites were sampled for water quality; between 2002 and 2014, eight sites have been sampled eight times as part of the water licence requirements
  • Monthly monitoring at 10 sites— including those from the water licence—began in 2015 and will continue through the assessment process
  • Five artesian seeps at the site are also being sampled.

Aquatic ecosystems and resources

  • Fish surveys have been conducted (in early spring, late spring, summer and fall of 2015 and 2016)
  • Sediment samples were collected at eight water quality sites in 1994 and six water quality sites in 1995
  • A benthic invertebrate sampling program was conducted at 12 of the water quality sites in 1995
  • In 1995, planktonic invertebrates were sampled in the lakes and ponds of the project area. In total, seven sites were sampled
  • Additional more recent work includes:
    • Fish and fish habitat studies aimed at delineating spawning and over-wintering habitat in Geona Creek, Finlayson Creek and the North Lakes system
    • Benthic invertebrate data have been collected in Geona Creek
    • Periphyton sampling have been carried out in Geona Creek, Finlayson Creek as well as in the North Lakes
    • All previously collected data have been combined with data collected during the 2015 and 2016 field seasons.

Terrain and soils

  • Existing surficial geology and baseline soil information have been summarized, including an update of the existing overburden assessment and permafrost assessment with supplemental field data
  • Terrain mapping have taken place using interpretation of aerial photos
  • Evaluation of soil landscape (slopes, drainage, surficial material) and morphology (horizon depth, soil texture, coarse fragment content) were carried out, as well as soil classification and soil thickness analysis
  • A sampling programme is in place at representative soil locations, for chemical analysis for metals and suitability parameters (e.g. organic carbon content, reaction, salinity, sodicity, and select indicators of fertility)
  • The capability of the soil to support potential site reclamation activities has been assessed.

Vegetation cover and composition

Vegetation surveys, mapping and metals analysis of vegetation were conducted in the 1990’s. In order to supplement this work, we initiated the following:

  • Soil and plant tissue sampling
  • Stand density and volume estimates
  • Survey of invasive plants along roads and camp areas
  • Treatment wetland evaluation
  • Terrestrial ecosystem mapping (TEM) of project site and along tote road
  • Rare plant surveys.

Wildlife and wildlife habitat

  • At a known mineral lick at the north end of North Lake, we installed a motion sensor video camera to provide information on wildlife populations and movements
  • Aerial surveys were carried out to assess moose and caribou populations
  • Assessments were made of grizzly bear dens, stone sheep and raptors
  • Ground based breeding bird point counts were done in June 2015, and all wetlands and lakes within the study area were visited to record observations and locate possible breeding, moulting and staging areas for waterfowl, pika, bats, and amphibians
  • Track surveys were done for wolverines.

Heritage resources

  • In 1995, a heritage study was conducted in collaboration with the Ross River Dena Council (RRDC) as part of the Initial Environmental Evaluation
  • A Heritage Resource Impact Assessment of the project was conducted in August 2015: the team assessed potential areas in and near each of the known component footprints and additional areas of high potential within the larger study area.
  • As per the class 3 exploration permit, an archaeological inventory of alpine localities zones, particularly in or near ice patch features, was completed in advance of any drilling or trail construction in these areas.