Wei Wai Kum First Nation, We Wai Kai First Nation and Myra Falls Mine enter into an Impact Benefits Agreement
February 27, 2023
On February 27, 2023, Wei Wai Kum First Nation and We Wai Kai First Nation entered into an Impact Benefits Agreement with Myra Falls Mine Ltd in respect of the Myra Falls Mine. An IBA will provide the bands with the means (contractual and financial) to oversee the environmental management of the site and to participate in the benefits from mining in Wei Wai Kum’s traditional territory. The Myra Falls Mine is one of the few legacy mines in Canada without a benefits or co-management agreement of any kind.
Wei Wai Kum First Nation are the band government of one of the component groups of the Laich-kwil-tach or Southern Kwakiutl subgroup of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples, based at the city of Campbell River. They are part of the Hamatla Treaty Society. The Myra Falls Mine has operated on the traditional territory of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation for decades without the oversight of, or the sharing of benefits with, the Wei Wai Kum and We Wai Kai First Nations. In addition, the Myra Falls Mine operates a storage and marine transportation facility on Wei Wai Kum First Nation reserve land.
McCarthy Tétrault assisted Wei Wai Kum First Nation with a team led by Daniel Bornstein that included Fayyaz Karmali (MTAlign), Peter Quon and Rachael Carlson (Business).