Collaborating with our Partners and Stakeholders
NOVAGOLD recognizes the value of strong partnerships at its projects, both with local communities and at the operating level. As a development-stage company, we acknowledge the need for partnerships and collaboration to achieve our goal of becoming a gold producer.
These are true 50/50 partnerships, with each company bringing its strengths and expertise to the table. We also share like-minded values with an emphasis on strong sustainability and community engagement principles. Working together, each co-owner brings different and complementary skills to the project.
At the end of 2007, NOVAGOLD Resources Alaska Inc., a subsidiary of NOVAGOLD, and Barrick Gold US Inc., a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation, formed Donlin Gold LLC to oversee development of the Donlin Gold project. Donlin Gold is owned equally by both partners, with full participation by both companies on all aspects of project development. Barrick is the world's largest gold mining company, bringing project development, construction, and operations experience to the project. Like NOVAGOLD, Barrick is committed to upholding the highest environmental and social standards at its projects, and shares NOVAGOLD's commitments to the Calista Corporation, The Kuskokwim Corporation, and other community stakeholders.
NOVAGOLD and Teck Resources created the Galore Creek Partnership in 2007 as equal partners committed to developing the Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project. Teck is Canada's largest diversified mining, mineral processing, and metallurgical company and is one of the world's largest base metal producers. Teck is committed to responsible mining and mineral development and is well respected in the mining industry for its sustainability initiatives.
Acceptance and support for mining projects must be earned. NOVAGOLD approached local communities before beginning exploration work, informing them of our interests and plans as well as soliciting feedback. The Company seeks to bring tangible, long-lasting benefits to all of its community partners in the form of training and employment opportunities, service business contracts, and participation agreements that ensure local communities benefit financially and socially as the project advances.
The Calista Corporation (Calista) is one of thirteen Native regional corporations established under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The Native corporations were provided with $962.5 million and the right to select 44 million acres of land. Calista selected mineral rights at Donlin Gold because of its known gold potential. A mineral lease to 80,600 acres (32,600 hectares) of Calista mineral lands grants Donlin Gold the right to develop the deposit and provides Calista with royalties, shareholder employment opportunities, scholarships and preferential contract considerations for supplier companies owned by Calista shareholders.
The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) is an entity that was formed in 1977 by ten ANCSA village corporations located along the middle region of the Kuskokwim River. TKC is the owner of the surface rights for most of the project lands. Donlin Gold LLC operates under a long term surface use agreement with TKC which was updated in 2014 to coincide with the project’s expected mine life as well as with the length of the Calista mining lease.
In 2006, NOVAGOLD entered into a comprehensive Participation Agreement with the Tahltan Nation at its Galore Creek project, ensuring collaboration for mine planning, mine operation, and environmental protection. The Tahltan people have occupied their territories around the upper reaches of the Stikine River in northwestern British Columbia for centuries. The Tahltan Central Council (TCC) is the central administrative governing body for the Iskut Band and Tahltan Band located in Telegraph Creek. It represents approximately 5,000 members of the Tahltan Nation living on and off the reserve.
In 2014, NOVAGOLD announced that it had invested in the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund conservation initiative designed to protect, conserve and restore fish and wildlife in Alaska. Some of the proposed projects and locally-led efforts are in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region where the Donlin Gold project is located. The program will integrate NFWF’s expertise with Donlin Gold’s wealth of baseline data and regional experience and ecological knowledge of Native Alaskans to enhance fish and wildlife in Alaska for many years to come. Click here to learn more.