The Saskatchewan First Nations Relationship Model
‘“Encanto Potash is a pioneer of sorts navigating its way through a history between First Nations people and governments to bring industry and development opportunities to First Nations people in a manner that honors treaties, respects leadership and facilitates the community vision of wealth creation for its’ people, by its’ people” – Jim Sinclair – Elder and Senior Treaty Advisor, Federation Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
Encanto and First Nations are working together in a way where both benefit from equity involvement and cash flow from a successful potash mine on First Nations land. The relationship also recognizes the spirit and intent of First Nations treaties. The two groups work with Canada’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development so all treaties are respected and followed. Encanto acts as an economic facilitator with both the First Nations and Canada to ensure that First Nations opportunities for business development and human resources are maximized through resource development.
These INAC agreements (superceded by AANDC) are based on Canada’s INAC permit (AANDC) process. It allows Encanto and First Nations to do surveying, seismic work, and drilling. In these agreements, Encanto Potash is established as the principal in working with First Nations in developing a future mine.
These agreements permit Encanto Potash to conduct survey and seismic work and exploration and drilling on First Nations land. Within these agreements, Encanto Potash is established as the principal in working with First Nations for the future development of a mine.
The company is currently focused on exploring for potash in three southeastern Saskatchewan prospects which include working with the Ochapowace, Chacachas and Day Star First Nations Alliances.
Together with the Ochapowace and Chacachas First Nations Alliances, Encanto Potash will explore for potash over an area of 55,000 acres (22,258 ha) inside their boundary. The property is located east of Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, and in close proximity from Potash Corp’s Rocanville mine.