The Nation’s Director of Education and Employment Codie Morigeau was appointed the new 12-member group this week.
They will develop recommendations on possible actions from government to create certainty and jobs in the mining sector.
Morigeau was heavily involved in the historic Impact Management Benefit Agreement (IMBA) between the Ktunaxa and Teck Resources in 2016.
The deal set out commitments and obligations for both parties to support sustainable mining in the Elk Valley.
Teck has five coal mine operations in that area, which is traditional Ktunaxa territory.
When it comes to providing input part of the task force, Morigeau feels like the Ktunaxa Nation has good experience and can be a leader in these discussions.
“The relationship that we have with Teck through the [IMBA] has given us that edge in terms of our knowledge and experience to look at skills development,” she suggests. “Not only from an Indigenous perspective or Ktunaxa perspective, but also considering all the people within the region, or within Ktunaxa Amikis.”
It’s these relationships that have Morigeau excited about the state of the industry moving forward.
“I’m definitely optimistic about the future, in terms of mining as well as in terms of IMBA with the Nation Council and Teck,” she adds. “I believe we have a really strong relationship that is only improving every year.”
The task force is expected to hold its first meeting March 15th with a report due by November 21.
– Ktunaxa Nation Director of Education and Employment Codie Morigeau