Kinross’ Kettle River-Buckhorn Mine: Working to Ensure the Community’s Long-Term Economic Security

In 2016, Kinross’ Kettle River-Buckhorn mine closure plan was awarded the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award. The award recognizes work in three components of sustainable development: environmental health, social responsibility and economic security.

The site has created a comprehensive closure plan that includes providing support to mitigate social and economic impacts in the community after the mine closes. Kettle River-Buckhorn has led training sessions to help members of the community learn about starting or growing their own business, including holding workshops so people gain a better understanding about business laws and taxes, and social media and strategic planning.

Other aspects of the closure plan include training sessions and tools to adapt to life post-mining. The closure plan is a result of ongoing consultations and needs assessment surveys that the site conducted in the community.

“We are proud to receive this national award in recognition of our commitment to the local community,” said Mark Ioli, vice-president and general manager of Kettle River-Buckhorn. “We want to ensure that the community is prepared after mining ends at Buckhorn. From providing skills training and development workshops, we are fully committed to the economic well-being of the community.”

Click here to watch a video about the mine’s employee development.