BHP Billiton, First Nations sign Jansen potash agreement

Global News

JANSEN, Sask. – Calling it the first of its kind in southern Saskatchewan, BHP Billiton and three Saskatchewan First Nations have signed an opportunities agreement for the Jansen potash project.

Under the agreement signed last Friday, mutually beneficial opportunities in employment, business and community development will be created for the Kawacatoose, Day Star and Muskowekwan First Nations.

There will also be assistance for building First Nation businesses by giving entrepreneurs and community-owned business development access to opportunities at the project.

“We believe the signing of this agreement enhances our mutual capacity and ensures that we can work together to ensure the members of these First Nations can participate meaningfully in the opportunities that arise from the Jansen Project,” said Alex Archila, potash asset president for BHP Billiton.

“First Nations are forging new relationships with industry in order to reinvest in our community,” said Chief Darin Poorman of Kawacatoose First Nation.

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