Crowflight Minerals Inc. is a Canadian junior mining company that is currently producing nickel concentrate at the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine near Wabowden, Manitoba. Commercial production commenced with the production and shipment of nickel concentrate in February 2009.
Crowflight Minerals has demonstrated a strong commitment to the employment of local residents from the communities of Wabowden and Cross Lake to develop and operate the Bucko Lake Mine. This commitment has forged groundbreaking advances in northern human resource development and employment in northern industry.
A comprehensive process of community engagement was utilized to assemble and develop the resources required at the local level to staff the Bucko Lake operation. This involved engaging the community leaders and members, and senior management of Crowflight Minerals in a meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership. It also established a clear linkage to jobs. As a result, approximately 80 individuals are directly and indirectly employed in this mining operation (via Mr. olson). Many local residents were immediately offered employment with Crowflight Minerals or with subcontractors. Others were enrolled into training programs to meet specific operational needs, with a strong opportunity of employment pending successful completion of the program(s). Those community members who were not offered employment through the initial recruitment intake were offered an opportunity to receive gap training so that they may be successful in future intakes.
This partnership continues with future training programs, linked to employment opportunities, to be delivered in 2009/10. The benefits of ongoing commitment and investment in this process will be realized for both northern communities and industry: