Community Blog - 2014

CASINO PARTICIPATES IN THE 2014 YUKON GEOSCIENCE FORUM

The Casino team joined hundreds of delegates at the 43rd Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum and Trade Show in Whitehorse from November 16 to 19, to support mineral exploration and mining in the Yukon. Some highlights for the company included breakfast hosted by Casino President Paul West-Sells, participation in the Yukon Government´s Our Yukon-In It Together Community Engagement booth, receiving the Yukon Chamber of Mines Member Award, and supporting the silent and live auction at the Awards Banquet, which raised in total over $35,000 for the Yukon Imagination Library.

Congratulations go to forum organizers for a job well done and the launch of a zero-waste initiative conference. We will see you next year!

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Casino receives the Yukon Chamber of Mines Member Award. L-R: Yukon Chamber of Mines Past President Hugh Kitchen, Casino Mining Corp. President Paul West-Sells, Yukon Government Minister of Energy, Mines, Resources Hon. Scott Kent. Photo. archbould.com.

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Students stop by the Yukon Government, Yukon-In It Together Community Engagement booth to learn more about the Casino Project and Yukon’s mineral industry in general.


CASINO JOINS CARMACKS IN CELEBRATING ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

In early September, Casino was delighted to join hundreds of enthusiasts in celebrating the Village of Carmacks’ 30th Anniversary at the community’s recreation centre in the Yukon. Casino representatives chipped in behind the barbeque to help keep the burgers and hot dogs in ample supply.

Carmacks Mayor Elaine Wyatt and the Village Council and staff were gracious hosts and the well-organized event truly offered something for everyone – from a live band and balloons to children’s games run by the Canadian Rangers and an enormous celebratory cake.

Casino extends its sincere congratulations to the Village of Carmacks and the entire community on this significant milestone.

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Village Mayor and Council, at the Carmacks 30th Anniversary Celebration, 2014. From L to R: Mayor Elaine Wyatt and Councilors Tracy Burns, Lee Bodie (Deputy Mayor), Tara Wheeler, and Pat McKenny.

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Local growers Alice Boland (left) and Kathy Kruse (right) with their end of season produce. Alice is the manager of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Green House and Kathy has a farm outside of town.


CASINO IS IMMERSED IN CULTURE AT THE 2014 MOOSEHIDE GATHERING

Casino was honoured to participate in the biennial, four-day Moosehide Gathering this past July at Moosehide Village located three kilometres downstream by boat from Dawson City on the Yukon River.

Since 1993, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in has hosted the Gathering, which brings together more than 1000 attendees including indigenous peoples from across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska, in celebration of culture honouring the Hän heritage, its ancestors and its future.

Casino sincerely appreciates the opportunity to participate in this event and has gained a deepened understanding and appreciation for the Yukon’s diverse cultures.

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Casino’s Jesse Duke, VP of Environmental Affairs and Claudia Riveros, Communications, arrive at Moosehide Village by boat from Dawson City.

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Workshops were offered throughout the Gathering including fiddling, jigging, harmonica, Northern Tutchone beading, drum making, birch basket making, song writing, and Hän language.

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Popular was bannock throughout the day and the traditional feasts in the evenings.

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Selkirk Spirit Dancers were one of several traditional dance groups to perform onstage.

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Dakhká Khwáan Dancers.

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Casino’s Claudia Riveros poses with Elder Jimmy Johnny from Mayo. Claudia was one of more than one hundred volunteers who provided support throughout the Gathering.

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Young drum dancers at the Sacred Fire in preparation for the Gathering’s closing ceremonies.

CASINO TOUR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT REVIEWERS

The weather cooperated during a tour of the Casino property in late May 2014, for major government environmental assessment interveners to get a firsthand feel for the proposed Casino Mine Project and the receiving environment.

In support of the Casino Mine Project Proposal environmental assessment currently under review by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) Executive Committee, Casino hosted representatives from Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Yukon Government Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Selkirk First Nation Government, and the YESAB.

Tour discussions included key water quality monitoring locations and an overview of the proposed site infrastructure, including the open pit and tailings management facility.

Casino’s Senior Environmental Manager Mary Mioska facilitated the tour with support from Palmer Environmental Consulting Group. Further tours may be scheduled at the request of project reviewers and regulators.

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Environmental assessment reviewers on tour at the Casino property. From L to R: Jeska Gagnon, Cord Hamilton, Stuart Van Bibber, May Quach, Denis Lacroix, Sarah Steeves, Melissa Cyr, Rick Palmer, Robert Holmes, Mary Mioska, Erin Dowd, Shena Shaw.

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Looking southeast from Patton Hill (deposit) down into upper Casino Creek valley where the primary crushing facility will be located.

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Looking northwest from Patton Hill at Canadian Creek in the distance.

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Looking north at the confluence of Brynelson Creek (left) and Casino Creek (right), water quality monitoring site W18.


CASINO SUPPORTING CAREER FAIRS

During this spring, Casino participated in the Haines Junction and Dawson City career fairs, hosted by the Champaign and Aishihik First Nations and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, respectively. With over 60 students and community members in attendance from each fair, Casino had the chance to provide a project overview, answer questions, collect feedback, and demonstrate the type of career and business opportunities from which residents are poised to benefit.

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Casino Mining Corp. and other exhibitors receive visitors at the Careeer Fair in Haines Junction.

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Casino Mining Corp. and other exhibitors receive visitors at the Dawson City Career Fair.

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Champaign and Aishihik First Nations singers.

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Young student at Casino booth.