The Ya’thi Néné Lands and Resources Office and Appia are entering into a cooperation agreement related to exploration activities in northern Saskatchewan.

The cooperation agreement encompasses provisions related to harvest compensation, contributions to YNLR’s established community trust, and opportunities for employment and contracting with northern businesses.

This multifaceted agreement is a testament to Appia’s dedication to responsible exploration practices, ensuring a positive impact on the local communities.

“By establishing this cooperation agreement, we ensure that our people’s and communities’ wishes regarding land protection and economic development are heard, and our Treaty Rights are respected. We appreciate Appia’s commitment to engaging in respectful and mutually beneficial relations with us,” said  YNLR Board Chair Mary Denechezhe.

Appia currently holds surface rights to approximately 113,837.15 hectares in Saskatchewan, including the Loranger and Eastside properties, both of which are undergoing uranium exploration in Nuhenéné.

“We understand and share YNLR’s commitment to protecting and monitoring the environment, engaging in thoughtful project advancement, and respecting local traditions and knowledge. This agreement sets the framework for our ongoing engagement with YNLR as we progress in our exploration activities within their territory,” explained Stephen Burega, President of Appia.

Exploration work in the Wollaston territory is expected to begin early this year.

(Photo courtesy of Ya’thi Néné Lands and Resources Office Facebook.)