At Ascot Resources, we believe successful operations involve making a positive impact in the communities where we work. We are working closely with Nisa’a Nation and the District of Stewart to ensure the responsible development of our projects by actively building and maintaining open, respectful, and collaborative relationships together.

We are proud of our relationship with Nisa’a Nation and we are honoured to be guests on Nisa’a territory. Thank you to Nisa’a Nation for approaching the development of this project as a partnership where we work together to meet each other’s needs.

Thank you also to the community of Stewart for their unfailing support and for sharing their long history and knowledge of mining in the area with us.

Tooyaksiy̓ n̓iin – Thank you

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Ascot is pleased to have collaborated with the Stewart Museum on a Geology Walking Tour. There are many interesting artifacts, rocks and stories about mining in the Stewart area. Pick up a pamphlet at the museum to go on a self-guided tour or download this one. At the museum, look for the drill core (cylinders of rock). The drill core shows what type of rocks are found below the surface of the earth, and helps geologists and miners understand the geology. There are lots of interesting questions in the hand-out such as: How many pieces of drill core are found in the Mine Tunnel Display Room?


Nisga’a Artist Creates Design for Ascot

Nisa’a artist Ian Morven grew up in the Nass Valley community of Gitlaxt’aamiks learning the stories of his wilp (house) and to respect and care for the land from his grandmother and other Elders of the village. Fast forward a few decades and Ian has translated that knowledge into a career as an artist and an environmental monitor.

During the summer of 2021 Ian worked with Ascot to develop artwork that connects Ascot, Nisa’a and the land. We asked Ian to create something that showed our collaborative relationship with Nisa’a and our ongoing commitment to working together, particularly with regard to caring for the environment. We also asked, that if it was culturally appropriate, we wanted to reference the Nisa’a wilp(s) (clans/families) and stories from the area.

Ascot was fortunate to work with Ian. He was able to speak to Elders in his family and community to understand the stories from the area in a way that an outsider could not. After much research, Ian developed this design for us, using images to connect Ascot to Nisa’a and to the land.

Before contact with Europeans, there was a tribe in the area now known as Stewart that was being attacked by a neighbouring tribe. The tribe under attack asked Nisa’a Nation for help and ultimately joined with them as one Nation. Together they looked after the land which is part of the Nass Area. 

The human image is central to the story of this design. He has his hand inviting you to come and join with Ascot and Nisa’a. He has a talking stick to tell the story of the adventures that have passed and those to come. He is walking towards you to help you find your way. The war paint on his face symbolizes the battles that we have overcome to reach where we are, and also that there was a battle for survival on the land near the Premier Mine. Ian wanted to incorporate Ascot logo into the design and used the ‘A’ which looks like a warrior’s hat to merge our existing logo into his design. 

Ian included the eagle symbol because the tribe that was originally from the area was from the eagle clan. Including the eagle is a sign of respect to that clan. Also, in Nisa’a mythology, the eagle is a visionary figure and can foresee the future. He included the dragonfly to symbolize the environment and the connection to the land.

Late in the fall of 2021, Ian joined the Ascot team as an Environmental Monitor. We appreciate his commitment as a Nisa’a citizen to ensuring that the land is well taken care of throughout our construction and operations. We look forward to working with Ian for years to come

Q & A

How do local communities benefit from the mine?

Ascot supports the local communities including the District of Stewart and the four Nisa’a Villages by hiring locally for full-time and seasonal employment and contract opportunities wherever possible. As we move into construction and operation, we are committed to continuing to do so, while also connecting people to the training necessary to participate in our workforce as it grows. We believe that employment and employment income is a key benefit to the local communities.

Has Ascot been engaging with the local First Nations?

The Premier Gold Project and the Red Mountain Project are located on Nisa’a Nation lands.

The Premier Gold Project is located in the Nass Area and the Red Mountain Project is located in the Nass Wildlife Area, as defined in the Nisa’a Final Agreement, a modern treaty between the federal government, provincial government, and Nisa’a Nation, which sets out Nisa’a Nation’s rights under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution Act.

Ascot is working closely with Nisa’a Nation to assess the impacts of the Premier Gold Project and Red Mountain Project on Nisa’a Treaty Rights. Nisa’a Nation citizens have Treaty rights to manage and harvest wildlife in the Nass Wildlife Area and to harvest fish, aquatic plants, and migratory birds within the Nass Area.  The clarity and certainty provided by the Nisa’a Final Agreement is a major advantage to development.

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