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Sustainability

Indigenous Relations

Dumas has developed strong partnerships with Indigenous communities throughout Canada and South America. We are committed to building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships to ensure that the local communities share in the social and economic benefits of our operations.

Our Guiding Principles

Dumas achieves this vision by:

Engaging in meaningful and ongoing consultation with Indigenous communities on initiatives that affect their interests.
Recognizing the importance of Indigenous culture, traditions and knowledge and fostering an organizational culture that values cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity and respect.
Supporting education and training initiatives that facilitate Indigenous peoples’ access to employment.
Promoting business opportunities for Indigenous people through cooperation and collaboration with our customers, suppliers and sub-contractors.

Our Commitment

Dumas will engage in transparent and objective consultations with Indigenous communities, to establish and implement strategies consistent with our shared vision and guiding principles.

Indigenous Partnerships

Dumas currently has four partnerships with First Nations groups for underground mining services:

Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company Inc.
Selkirk Development Corporation
Three Nations Drilling LP.
Matachewan First Nation

Employment and Training

Dumas is proud of our record for cultivating and sustaining productive and positive relationships with our partners. Collectively, Dumas has facilitated 10 training schools in partnership with Indigenous communities across Canada. Below are two of our training partnership agreements that represent and highlight some of the best practices we have developed. These initiatives provide us with benchmarks to ensure that we succeed and stand with our partners to continuously improve the outcomes for all stakeholders.

Matachewan Aboriginal Access to Mining Jobs Training Strategy (MAATS)

MAATS, in partnership with Dumas, Northgate Minerals Corp. (now Alamos Gold Inc.), and Human Resources and Skills Canada, provided innovative employment and training opportunities for Indigenous peoples in rural and remote areas. Dumas was involved in this program for 1.5 years and provided technical training during this period. The program’s success led to the creation of its sister program, NTPF, in which Dumas trained 46 participants over a 3.5 year period. MAATS continued to provide counseling and support services to these participants.

Northern Training Partnership Fund (NTPF)

The NTPF offered in partnership with Dumas in Ontario was one of the most successful in Canada, with 46 participants, 90% of whom found employment within a few weeks of graduating. Training was provided in the following areas:

Underground Miner Training
Apprenticeships / Heavy Equipment Operator Training
On-The-Job Training
Upgrading / GED
Business Diplomas
Driver Education
Pre-Employment / Life Skills
First Aid / WHMIS

C.Y. Thomas Li​​
C.Y. Thomas Li​​ Chairman – G.L. Tiley & Associates Ltd.
"Dumas is an innovative shaft construction company, they have many years of shaft construction experience and with an excellent track record on construction safety and cost controls.“
Dominick Turgeon
Dominick Turgeon, P. Eng.​ Director – Mining Quebec
"For all projects… our partnership with Dumas has been a guarantee of success.  They provided a right amount of boots–on–the–ground experience and know-how; this combined with our engineering knowledge, it guaranteed success for our projects.”
Rob Carter
Rob Carter - Vice President, Manitoba Business Unit, Hudbay Minerals Inc.
Dumas Contracting has been an integral part of Hudbay’s mining team at our Lalor Mine. They have provided a full-service lateral and vertical development advance, construction and mechanical team that works closely with our people, embracing Hudbay’s core values and our “one team one vision” approach to work management. Lalor has transitioned from a base metal mine to a gold operation, and mining of the gold and copper-gold zones at current production rates would not have been possible without the full support of the Dumas team.
Rocky McLellan
Rocky McLellan-​ General Manager North American Underground Operations​
“Major Drilling has partnered with Dumas on multiple projects. The expertise within each company have created a synergy that compliments both groups to provide superior performance for our clients on Projects throughout North America.” 
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