Yukon has a rich history of community involvement and support for resource development across the territory. As we develop the Selwyn Project, we work to maintain this support, guided by our commitment to building long-term relationships within the region and finding ways for local communities and businesses to benefit from what we do.
While the Selwyn Project is still in the development phase, we have been visiting local communities since 2006. In 2013, the new management team began a new phase of community involvement, meeting with community members and leaders to talk about our work, and to hear what they have to say. We are dedicated to sharing information and developing a project that reflects community input. Our Project newsletter is a good way to keep up to date on news from the Selwyn Project. Access back issues in the Resource Centre here or sign up to receive it by email here.
Selwyn Chihong operates on a ‘hire local, buy local’ basis. Where possible, we employ men and women from local communities and many of our consultants have joint-venture and other agreements with local First Nations to support training and development of the local workforce. In the first quarter of 2014, Yukoners from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities worked more than half of the person-days on site and accounted for more than 30 percent of the workforce.
Since assuming full ownership for the Selwyn Project in 2013, more than 60% of our spending has been in Yukon (approximately 89% in 2013 and approximately 60% up until June 2014). Read about Selwyn Chihong’s 2014 spending in Yukon communities here.
Don’t forget to visit our community offices in Ross River and Watson Lake! We opened our Ross River community office in 2013 and our Watson Lake community office in 2014 to provide places for people to visit and find out more about the Selwyn Project. Local Community Liaison Officers work in both communities to keep people informed and up to date about the Selwyn Project. Find the address and contact information here.