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Yukon Government and Chamber of Mines give awards

Environmental stewardship, social responsibility and leadership in community engagement recognized
Attendees watch a presentation at the 51st Annual Geoscience Forum and Trade Show on Nov. 20. (Richard Eden/Yukon News)

The Yukon territorial government is recognizing a mineral exploration company that operates east of Mayo for its exemplary site cleanup.

Snowline Gold received the 2023 Robert E. Leckie Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship at the 51st Annual Geoscience Forum and Trade Show banquet. The annual forum was held Nov. 19 to 22.

“The company’s mineral exploration work about 220 kilometres east of Mayo stands as an excellent example of progressive reclamation, cleaning up as you go. In addition, they have made efforts to clean up historic exploration camps on their properties,” a Nov. 21 Yukon government notice reads.

The award is named in honour of Robert E. Leckie, a Mayo mining inspector who is described as an innovator dedicated to developing progressive land-use practices for mining.

The company is also working with Yukon Seed and Restoration, a First Nations-owned environmental restoration company, to develop a strategy to harvest and plant native seeds to help restore disturbed areas.

“Our government is committed to supporting sustainable, responsible mining and mineral exploration across the Yukon. Congratulations to Snowline Gold Corporation for winning this year’s Leckie Award, an honour that recognizes their values and commitment. The company’s work near Mayo is an example of how exploration can be done in a way that promotes environmental stewardship and meaningful collaboration with First Nations partners,” said Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker.

Other awards presented at the geoscience forum included the Yukon Chamber of Mines community awards that went to Dawn Moses and Victor Sembsemoen, the co-founders of the Haldane Services branch of Small’s Expediting Ltd.

The Yukon Chamber of Mines’ First Nations Award recognizing socially responsible practices, environmental stewardship and leadership in innovation went to Albert Drapeau, the regional economic development advisor with the territorial government.

Tara Christie, the president and CEO of Banyan Gold Corp., received the Chamber of Mines’ member award for leadership in community engagement and environmentally responsible development.

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