Welcome to the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association!
We founded CAMA in 1991 with the help of Aboriginal communities, mining industry and several financial, consulting and legal groups from throughout Canada. Our Annual networking conference is the main driver for our growing success and we have grown to over several hundred members.
This year, 2017, we will present our 25th Anniversary Conference with the focus on "Water For Life, Mining For Need, Achieving Balance".
It is quite fitting that with the recent positive changes whether they are; political, legal, social, economic or environmental, many now are focused on protecting community waters, while also being consumers of minerals and metals and related technology. The challenge ahead is working toward balancing mineral development, community benefits from mining and having a safe and healthy environment, clean waters and vibrant community. Our aim is to provide a voice for youth, elders, communities together with industry to discuss, share ideas and inform industry and governments, on how work toward balance for the benefit of All.
Governments and Industry have only begun to embrace the desires, aspirations, knowledge and plans of Aboriginal communities to be decision makers in resource development. Aboriginal communities want to engage with mining companies to share in the potential wealth, share in benefits, share in decisions and work together to discuss ways to allow projects to proceed with minimal or no negative impact on our communities.
There are many scholars, experts and advisors to Aboriginal communities who wish to reach success in resource development and management. However, the true scientists and experts reside in our communities. One key objective of CAMA is to bring Aboriginal communities together, to learn from each other. Some have long standing practices and experience with the mining industry and the environment while others are unfamiliar with the industry. Our peoples have always been good teachers and scientists.
This year we are all about "Water For Life, Mining For Need, Achieving Balance", as we all move forward to discuss together what has always been intended while sharing in the wealth of our peoples, resources and knowledge, while protecting waters and the environment.
We hope that you can join us at our 25th Silver Anniversary Conference.
Together we can All benefit our future.
Hans Matthews, President