» Community Sustainability Initiative – Raglan Mine, Nunavik Ecotrust Canada
It seemed at first blush like an unlikely alliance for Ecotrust Canada.

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. The Group’s operations comprise of over 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets, and agricultural facilities. They serve industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, oil, and food processing, and provide financing, logistics, and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. With a strong footprint in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore’s industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of more than 90 offices located in over 50 countries, employing around 181,000 people, including contractors.

In 2014, the company’s Community Sustainability Initiative team for the Raglan nickel mine approached us to see whether we could assist with the implementation of their community engagement strategy.

Glencore is a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals, as well as an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. According to Raglan’s Impact Benefit Agreement with the government of Quebec, the two communities adjacent to the mine, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq are to receive financial and technical assistance from Glencore to grow their local economies. In places of ice and isolation where people have lived off the land for generations, it was not entirely clear where and how to begin.

Six months later, Ecotrust Canada is working with a local entrepreneur to build his commercial fishing enterprise from harvest to market. Plein Nord’s objective is to provide fresh, local seafood to the communities of Nunavik, and to use the company’s operations as a training ground for local youth.