Working with indigenous peoples
Kinross is committed to working with the indigenous peoples who live near our mines and projects.
Our aim is to develop and operate projects in a manner that respects and strengthens indigenous communities and brings positive long-term contributions to their quality of life. We believe that, when undertaken with appropriate safeguards and in consultation, mining is a strong source of positive benefits for our host communities.
Kinross recognizes the unique considerations of indigenous peoples, including:
- The unique histories, languages, cultures, knowledge, traditions and values of indigenous peoples and their contribution to the cultural and social diversity of the countries where we have a presence;
- The cultural importance of connections with the natural environment, including land, water, wildlife, and plants; and
- The distinct nature and importance of indigenous institutions in realizing the aspirations of indigenous peoples for their own development.
Consistent with the laws regarding the rights of indigenous peoples in the countries where we operate, some of the practices that we undertake as appropriate to engage with indigenous peoples include:
- Conducting due diligence to identify areas where our activities may impact the lands, rights, or interests of indigenous peoples;
- Designing our projects to avoid any physical relocation of indigenous peoples from their customary lands, and following international standards for relocation when it cannot be reasonably avoided;
- Consultation to seek mutually acceptable solutions to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse impacts prior to beginning any activities that would cause those impacts;
- Ongoing engagement with indigenous communities near our operations to understand the economic, social and development aspirations of those communities and to endeavour to contribute to their capacity to attain those aspirations;
- Encouraging opportunities for training and local business development that enhance indigenous peoples’ participation in our activities as employees and suppliers;
- Providing training to employees and contractors interacting with indigenous peoples to promote cross-cultural understanding and respect for traditional languages, customs and practices.
As noted in the following sections, in all three regions where our operations may impact the lands, rights, or interests of indigenous peoples, we have established memorandums of understanding.