A seventh Western Shoshone community has signed on to a Collaborative Agreement between Barrick and the Western Shoshone people in northwestern Nevada.
In December, the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone became the latest Western Shoshone community to sign the agreement, which dates back to 2008.
While the Elko Band and Barrick have been collaborating on socio-economic development initiatives in the community over the past few years, the signing of the agreement helps to solidify the relationship.
“This latest agreement underscores the development of trust in Barrick’s actions, and our intention to build on the positive relationships we enjoy in all of the Western Shoshone communities,” says Tim Buchanan, director of corporate social responsibility at Barrick North America.
Elko Band Council Chairman Gerald Temoke says, “Barrick has demonstrated social responsibility, and we hope to continue our relationship with them in that spirit.”
Barrick has provided assistance to the Elko Band in a number of ways, Temoke adds, most notably when the recently completed Te-Moak Education Center began experiencing cost overruns. “It was necessary to run a new water line to satisfy fire safety requirements, move a fence and add additional sidewalk for escape routes for the children at the Center,” he says, adding that, when the building was complete, Barrick donated computers and many of the new furnishings used for various children’s programs at the facility.
Barrick’s relationship with the Western Shoshone people in Nevada has been facilitated since 2005 through quarterly dialogue meetings with tribal leaders and community representatives. The president of Barrick North America has attended nearly every one of these meetings since 2006.
This constructive engagement led to the signing of the Collaborative Agreement in 2008, and has resulted in increased employment opportunities for Western Shoshone community members, establishment of the Western Shoshone educational Legacy fund for scholarships, and Barrick’s support for community programs in health, education and business development.
Barrick has contributed more than $3.3 million to the Legacy Fund and awarded more than 500 scholarships to students, valued at approximately $1 million. The fund is expected to grow to about $7–$10 million over the years that Barrick operates mines in Nevada.