Woman Warrior Remembered with Mining Award
Norman Wells, NT – The second Annual NWT Mining and Exploration (MAX) Awards have been handed out and among the winners was a posthumous recognition of the work done previously by the late Cece Hodgson-McCauley. She was named the winner of the Indigenous Achievement Award as someone who ardently advocated for completion of the Mackenzie Valley Highway as she understood its potential to advance economic development and assist Northern communities. She was a selfless and tireless supporter of her people, seeking change and working hard towards stronger Northern communities. She supported responsible resource development and the jobs and business benefits it would bring. The winners of the night also included Ni Hadi Xa, the monitoring body overseeing operations of Gahcho Kué Mine, which took home the Environmental & Social Responsibility Award. Ni Hadi Xa is a cooperative of five Indigenous parties and De Beers that focuses on traditional knowledge and supports Indigenous community participation in environmental monitoring and management programs at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine. Other awards went to: Distinguished Service: Gren Thomas – explorer and mine finder; Economic Leadership: De Beers Canada – Gahcho Kué diamond mine operator; Special Achievement (shared): Diavik Dike Design, Construction and Operations; and, the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Ice Road.