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Message from our Board Member Olga Kosarewicz

Olga Kosarewicz
Monday, October 25, 2021

On September 30, 2021, Canada marked its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  I hope the day provided you with an opportunity to pause, learn, and reflect on the legacy of the residential school system and to connect with First Nations Community members in a constructive way.  For me, it meant sitting down in a (COVID-time-appropriate) socially-distanced circle among work colleagues and having a frank conversation about what we do know and what we still need to learn about the struggles that First Nations in Canada are experiencing.  

Within a job in mining, I see first hand the key inputs our Indigenous Elders provide to our industry.  They are the keen stewards of the land; instrumental in developing new resources for Canada's critical minerals that occur in northern regions.  Rare-earth elements are essential for our goals of electrification and decarbonization, and are ubiquitous in our low carbon economy, from electric vehicles, smartphones, e wind turbine motors, and solar panel technology - critical minerals are the backbone. 

Indigenous businesses can participate directly in implementing environmentally and socially responsible cleantech materials development in Canada.  There are also opportunities for creating new downstream value-added clean technology businesses in the supply chain including recyclable lithium battery materials.  Let’s focus on building a more sustainable future and help advance the reconciliation efforts with our First Nations.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, BCSEA is still looking for members to join our Board. Please consider joining the Board and supporting BCSEA with your time and expertise. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for November 27, 2021 at 10am. Please be on the lookout for email notices to members on how to register for the 2021 AGM.  See you there virtually!