Morgan Poliquin, President of Almaden
We believe in supporting the local communities within which we work. Over the years, Almaden has been involved in many large construction projects including building and improving schools, health care facilities, and roads.
We have also invested in smaller projects like purchasing school books and computers for students and wheelchairs for adults and children with mobility issues. Also, by employing local people, Almaden invests in local economies which keeps communities together and strong.
From training, employment, and scholarships to mine tours and open community dialogues, Almaden is committed to the local communities we work with and within. Below are some of our recent community projects.
Latest Community News: In October 2019, Almaden’s Mexican subsidiary Minera Gorrión held a Mining Exposition in the community of Santa Maria Zotoltepec, Ixtacamaxtitlán, the community nearest to the Ixtaca project.
Minera Gorrion invited mining industry service and equipment suppliers to demonstrate their products to the local community. Particular emphasis was put on job training and local residents could register their interest in potential future job opportunities. The expo also served as an opportunity to celebrate local customs, dance, and cuisine. More than 700 people attended the expo throughout the day.
In December 2018, Almaden held its 9th large-scale community meeting to explain the Ixtaca Project to over 800 people. Almaden has held these large-scale meetings since 2012, and total attendance is now over 4,100 people. We are grateful to the representatives of the new Mexican Federal Government who attended this meeting, as well as to all of the local community members. We look forward to working together to continue laying the foundations for sustainable mining at Ixtaca!
Almaden Announces Opening of Local Community Water Reservoir
In March 2020, Almaden announced that it had partnered with a local community group focused on irrigation development, and together coordinated with the Federal Government water authority to co-fund a new water reservoir in Zacatepec, a community located nearby the proposed Ixtaca mine development area.
This reservoir is one of the projects identified which could bring immediate benefits to the local area even prior to Ixtaca development, and together with our partners we have now completed the first stage. Next steps will involve adding new pipelines, tanks, and other structures to enhance the irrigation potential in support of local agricultural production.
Zacatepec is located within the social area of influence of the Ixtaca project, and has a population of approximately 240 people. On February 27th, 2020, Zacatepec hosted the opening ceremony for the reservoir. After the blessing of the water reservoir, the ceremony was finished with a meal in thanks for completion of the first stage of the project.
A representative of the “Irrigation Group of Small Producers of Zacatepec” observed that this reservoir “will not only help to boost our current harvests, but also ensure that fewer people will have to leave the community due to lack of employment”.
Almaden has been supporting local initiatives for many years, and is pleased to do so particularly when it can be as impactful as enhancing access to fresh water and expanding local irrigation capacity. As the Ixtaca project advances we look forward to additional projects we can support in partnership with local communities and authorities.
As of the Spring, 2017, Almaden had interacted with over 20,000 people from over 53 communities and 8 different states in the following ways:
- Coordinated seven large community meetings, with total attendance at these meetings approaching 2,600 people
- Taken a total of approximately 440 people, drawn from local communities, to visit 22 mines
- Arranged 25 sessions for “Dialogos Transversales”, wherein community members are invited to attend discussions with experts on a diverse range of issues relating to the mining industry such as an overview of Mexican Mining Law, Human Rights and Mining, mineral processing, explosives, water in mining, risk management, and mine infrastructure
- Opened a central community office in the town of Santa Maria Zotoltepec, which is continually open to community members and includes an anonymous suggestion box
- Invested in a “mobile mining module” which allows company representatives to establish a temporary presence in communities more distant from the project, and allows for those interested to learn more about the project
- Employed as many local people as possible, reaching up to 70 people drawn from 5 local communities. Almaden operates the drills used at the project, and hence can draw and train a local
- Initiated a program of scholarships for top performing local students, with 80 scholarships granted to individuals from 23 different communities (44 women and 36 men)
- Established several clubs, including reading, English, dancing, football, music, and theatre clubs, in order to contribute to the vitality of local communities
- Focused on education, enabling 2,441 people to be positively impacted by our investments, such as rehabilitation of school-related infrastructure, donation of electronic equipment, and scholarships for top-performing students.
Our 19th Mine Tour
Almaden has just concluded our 19th tour of mines in Mexico. So far 380 people from the local communities around Ixtca have visited modern mines.
This last trip was particularly important, as members from Ixtaca and El Cobre came with us. It was a very successful trip.
Día de Muertos
Almaden recently participated in a Day of the Dead Festival, which was attended by approximately 250 people from four different communities. Almaden representatives, along with teachers in the communities organized a Day of the Dead play, as well as traditional dancing activities.
Presentation of Scholarships to Local Students
On Tuesday September 22, 2015, Almaden representatives presented an additional 15 local students with academic scholarships. Almaden has now awarded a total of 40 scholarships to local students.
The students are from 12 local communities, and are pursuing training in law, psychology, architecture and business administration.
All of us at Almaden wish these students continued success in their fields of study!
Opening of the Public Buildings in Santa Maria Zotoltepec
Almaden Minerals funded the building of new public washrooms, an addition to the Mother & Child health clinic, and an extra room on the elementary school in the town of Santa Maria Zotoltepec. The official opening ceremonies included a dinner and party. Duane and Morgan Poliquin attended the opening ceremonies, and Morgan cut ribbons at each venue.
Reforestation Program at the Ixtaca Zone, Tuligtic Project
Almaden has initiated a reforestation programs around the drill sites on the Ixtaca Zone. The plants selected for the program are three varieties of indigenous pine. Four men from the local community have been employed for the planting, which was timed to the beginning of the rainy season to ensure successful planting. The text and images below explain the process and ongoing work.
The reforestation program is intended to benefit the people living in the community of Santa Maria Zotoltepec. The increased awareness of the conservation and importance of indigineous plants. The project has also given income to eleven people from the community, who had no fixed means of income.
Training and equipping staff: Local men were hired to carry out the reforestation program. Training focussed on sensitivity to the project, caring for the environment, and the importance of wearing protective equipment.
Selection of species: The selection of species for reforestation program was based on the type of vegetation found in the project area, in this case three species of indigenous pine.
Almaden Sponsors the Wheelchair Foundation
In cooperation with the Wheelchair Foundation, Almaden helped sponsor the purchase of over 260 wheelchairs, which were distributed in Puebla, Veracruz, and Oaxaca States in April 2012.
The Wheelchair Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one, but has no means to acquire one. To date, they have distributed over 900,000 wheelchairs worldwide.
Almaden’s Chairman and President, Duane and Morgan Poliquin, were in Puebla for the presentation. Please visit our blog for more images from the Wheelchair Foundation’s presentation ceremony.
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