Community Engagement is needed to provide an opportunity for people in the area to get answers to their questions, express concerns regarding project development, and provide input to project planning.
Open Houses/Public Information Session
On June 1st Yancoal held a Environmental Impact Statement Information Session in Earl Grey from 11 am to 7 pm. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructrue, Water Security Agency, and SaskWater were present to observe the information presented and answer questions. As well Yancoal, Golder, and AMEC FW representatives were available to answer questions, provide information, and document feedback. Over 100 people were in attendance.
June 1, 2016, Earl Grey, Project Public Information Session
- Three rounds of open houses were held previously (one in 2013 and two in 2015), information sessions were held in Earl Grey, Southey, Strasbourg, and Cupar. Feedback forms have been broadly distributed and the Yancoal Canada's website has a message function allowing for two-way communication.
November 7, 2013 Strasburg, Project Open House July 29, Southey, Project Information Session
- a site office in Earl Grey was opened in December of 2015 providing an opportunity for regular face-to-face engagement opportunities. The office is manned Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays by Yancoal Canada representatives, drop in hours are 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. However, Yancoal Canada representatives are available to meet at the convenience of stakeholders by appointment.
- In addition to engaging with Yancoal Canada, community members can communicate with their elected municipal representatives.
On May 18th, 24th, and June 2nd, 2016 Yancoal gave a presentation to grade 12 students at the William Derby School, Cupar High School, and the Robert Southey School. As well, in Punnichy on May 26th, Yancoal gave a presentation to students enrolled in the Carlton Trail College course Introduction to Mining – Mining Essentials. An introduction to solution potash mining was given that included key environmental safeguards. Information on mining section jobs that are anticipated to be in demand over the next 10-years was also provided, and Yancoal listed target jobs that would be needed for operations at their solution mine if it receives approval to proceed. The overall objective was to let these students know about the potential career options that could be created close to home.
May 18, 2016, Southey School, Grade 12 Project Presentation May 24, 2016, Cupar High School, Project Presentation
Yancoal Canada held a free Fall Supper at the Earl Grey Community Hall on October 22nd. Over 200 local community members attended. The event was free, but donations were taken and attendees of the event nominated local causes to receive the money raised.
The event raised $1118.00, which Yancoal Canada matched. Yancoal Canada is honoured to announce that $2236 was donated to the purchasing of this vehicle. Yancoal Canada looks forward to significantly contributing to local initiatives as the project moves forward.
- As part of their initiatives to get the future, local workforce thinking about careers in the mining sector, Yancoal provided one scholarship to a grade 12 student from each graduating class in Cupar, Strasbourg and Southey. It is Yancoal’s plan that this scholarship program will continue and expand as the project moves forward.
May 28, 2016 Strasbourg High School, Yancoal Scholarship Presentation June 10, 2016, Southey School, Yancoal Scholarship Presentation
June 17, 2016, Cupar School, Yancoal Scholarship Presentation
- Thinking of the disheartening fire and many lives suffered from the disaster, Yancoal had donated to Edmonton Foodbank, one of the well-know local charity who has been delivering immidiate response support to evacuees. We believe in hard work and positivity, remain strong Fort McMurray!
(Picture from Global News, May 18, 2016)
- Yancoal was proud to sponsor the Earl Grey Curling and Skating Club Year-end Windup!
- On May 20th, 2016 the Town of Southey held a business development update meeting, which Yancoal presented at. At this meeting the Mayor, Leigh Bishop, spoke to what potential employment opportunities projects like the Southey Project represent and what that means in terms of retaining people, specifically our children and grandchildren, in Saskatchewan.
- On June 2nd, 2016 Yancoal attended a project update meeting held by the Last Mountain Valley Business Association. Yancoal’s presentation focused on identifying entry level jobs in the mining sector that might be appealing to locals that are unemployed or under-employed.
June 2, 2016, LMBSA Information Session
Neighbour Relations Program is required to establish relationships with the landowner and residents nearest to the project, and to provide opportunities to present project updates and findings of the environmental monitoring program directly to these people. Local landowners will have specific concerns and questions associated with living and owning land near the project. As such, the neighbour relations program provides Yancoal the opportunity to engage these people and discuss specific project details and potential environmental and socio-economic effects.