As part of the mineral development strategy of MNDM, exploration plans and permits are a way to both notify the public and First Nations of proposed mining and exploration activities, as well as ensuring the mitigation of impacts on the environmental and First Nation’s treaty rights.
Preliminary exploration work consisting of line cutting, limited trenching/stripping/pitting/ and winkie drilling require the filing of an exploration plans, which includes consultation and dialogue with First Nations who’s treaty rights are impacted by the proposed activities.
More advanced exploration such as geophysical surveys requiring a generator, larger drill setups, and larger trenching/pitting/blasting require an exploration permit as well as more consultation with affected First Nation parties.
Information about exploration plans and permit applications that have been filed, as well as more advanced stage exploration and mining permits can be found on the Environmental Registry.
Filing an exploration plan/permit, as well as renewing a prospector’s license requires the completion of the online Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP). After its completion, you will receive a unique reference number indicating your successful compeletion of the online course.