Missanabie Cree First Nation and Lafarge Community Development Service Agreement
Mississauga, ON – March 6, 2018 – Missanabie Cree First Nation (MCFN) and Lafarge Canada Inc. announced today the signing of an important agreement. The signing ceremony took place in Mississauga in the presence of MCFN Chief Jason Gauthier, MCFN Deputy Chief Cory McLeod, and Lafarge Eastern Canada Vice-President John McCabe.
“Lafarge has a history of meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities” said Chief Jason Gauthier, MCFN. “The Service Agreement Missanabie Cree FN has signed with Lafarge demonstrates both parties commitment towards building capacity and wealth generation within the MCFN community” he added.
The purpose of the agreement is to provide varied opportunities for the Missanabie Cree First Nation and Lafarge to work cooperatively for the benefit of both organizations.The community will be involved in development projects occurring on its territories, including Island Gold Mine where Lafarge’s construction solutions can support sustainable development. This is an important approach to help ensure the long term economic and social well-being of the members of Missanabie Cree First Nation.
“We strive to maintain a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship with communities and we are eager to partner with MCFN’s leaders to create more successes together.” said John McCabe, Vice-President Ready-Mix at Lafarge Eastern Canada.The agreement sets out a framework for employment, training and business opportunities for members of the MCFN. Lafarge will also participate in community development and engagement.
ABOUT MISSANABIE CREE FIRST NATION (MCFN) Evidence and records suggest that by as early as the 1570s, members of the Missanabie Cree had settled in the areas surrounding present day Missinaibi Lake, Dog Lake, Wabatongushi Lake, Oba Lake and Esanagi Lake. According to Elders’ testimony and anthropological evidence, the Missanabie Cree had utilized these lands from time immemorial to hunt, fish and trap for food, for ceremonial purposes and to provide for the cultural, spiritual and economic wellbeing of their people.
ABOUT LAFARGE CANADA INC. Lafarge is Canada's largest provider of diversified construction materials and a member of the global group, LafargeHolcim. With 6,000 employees and 400 sites across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with the community’s infrastructure benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge consisting of aggregates, asphalt and paving, cement, precast concrete, ready-mix concrete and road construction. Through LafargeHolcim’s 2030 Plan, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. The company has a sixty year history in Canada and works continually to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used in our operations.