- 2014 Performance
- Future Focus
Building relationships with indigenous peoples and recognizing their social, economic and cultural heritage are commitments stated in our Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Policy. This policy also reflects the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) position statement to work to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples.
Newmont commits to work to obtain the consent of indigenous peoples for new projects (and changes to existing projects) on lands traditionally owned, or customarily used, by indigenous peoples. Through the principles of FPIC, indigenous peoples are able to freely make decisions without coercion, intimidation or manipulation; they are given sufficient time to be involved in project decision making before key decisions are made and impacts occur; and they are informed about a project and its potential impacts and benefits.
Through programs that provide employment and business development opportunities, training and education, and cultural heritage support, we also aim to create benefits for indigenous peoples who reside on or near our operations.
Newmont has eight operations on or adjacent to land owned or claimed by indigenous peoples. The Merian project in Suriname also is located on traditional lands claimed by the Pamakkan people.
|Number of Newmont operations situated on or adjacent to any land over which an indigenous group claims use rights or ownership*||8|
|Number of sites that have formal agreements with indigenous communities||4|
|Number of operations that have conducted a sacred site and/or heritage site survey to identify sites significant to the indigenous claimants*||8|
* Note: These numbers have increased due to categorizing Nevada as four operations instead of one as was done in previous years.
At our Boddington and Tanami operations in Australia, we engaged with indigenous peoples near our operation to enter into formal agreements called regional partnership agreements (RPAs). These agreements commit industry, the Australian federal government, state governments and traditional owners to promote economic development opportunities for aboriginal communities.
In addition to the RPAs, we engage with the following indigenous groups near our operations:
Australia – Gnaala Karla Booja
The people of the Gnaala Karla Booja region reside near our Boddington operation in Western Australia. In 2009, Newmont and Gnaala Karla Booja claimants signed the South West Employment and Enterprise Development Agreement (EEDA). The purpose of the EEDA is to build capacity, further employment opportunities, foster new enterprises and improve education opportunities for the local Indigenous communities.
Australia – Warlpiri
The Warlpiri people reside on and adjacent to our Tanami mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. In 2008, Newmont signed the Tanami RPA, which formalized our commitment to work toward fostering the development of a sustainable, economically viable community for the Warlpiri people. The Tanami RPA outlines objectives relating to employment with Newmont; training and mentoring support; business creation and development opportunities; and early childhood and youth learning programs. In 2009, Newmont signed a memorandum designed to increase commercial contracts and boost local employment.
Australia – Ninga Mia
The Ninga Mia community resides near our KCGM joint venture operation in Kalgoorlie. KCGM – along with other private organizations, government entities and individuals – is a co-signer to the “Dignity, Respect and Fulfillment Agreement” with the Ninga Mia. The agreement sets out a vision to create better working relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous leaders, organizations and individuals.
New Zealand – Māori
The Māori people comprise many iwi (tribal groups) and are indigenous to the country of New Zealand where we have operations in the town of Waihi. The memoranda of understanding (MoU) we have with iwi form the foundation of our relationship with each group and provide the framework for ongoing consultation and the continuance of respectful working relationships. Engagement work during 2014 included the establishment of the Iwi Advisory Group and the implementation of cultural awareness training – which is facilitated by Ngati Hako iwi – for all permanent staff and contractors.
United States – Western Shoshone
The Western Shoshone tribes are indigenous to the Great Basin region in which Newmont’s Nevada operations reside. While there are no formal agreements between Newmont and the Western Shoshone, we recently re-established a more formal engagement approach including the development of an advisory committee that comprises tribal leaders and Newmont representatives and will include a Native American facilitator. The purpose of the committee is to foster transparent dialogue and discuss outcomes on key issues including education, cultural heritage, archaeology, community investment, health and wellness, and Newmont operations and projects.
Suriname – Pamaka Maroon Tribe of the Marowine River
The Merian project in Suriname is located on the traditional lands of the Pamaka tribal group, and we engage extensively with the people of the tribe. While the Suriname government has not officially recognized the Maroon people as indigenous peoples or traditional owners of the land, we are implementing an engagement and agreement-making approach with the Pamaka based on the principles of FPIC. We signed an MoU with the Pamaka in 2013 that states we recognize and respect each other’s rights and will work together on commitments – such as employment, community development and participatory monitoring – related to development of the Merian project.