We value our relationship with First Nations Peoples on whose land we operate, and we acknowledge their rights and interests to protect and manage their cultural heritage. Their engagement through exploration and discovery, to mine development, operations and into closure is valuable and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We strive to meet our legal and statutory obligations and undertake fair and respectful consultation with our host First Nations Peoples. Across our exploration and mining tenure, we operate on the traditional lands of the Wongaibon, Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngarigo.
At our operating sites, we have in place controls to manage and protect the cultural heritage sites. Prior to any clearing and/or disturbance activities, a cultural heritage field assessment is conducted. These assessments include at least one First Nations representative and a qualified archaeologist.
Following an Aboriginal Focus Group meeting in 2022, Registered Aboriginal Parties who represent the Traditional Owners and other Indigenous stakeholders were engaged to discuss the potential to change the name of the Federation Project to a culturally sensitive identifier. A consultation process will occur over the next six months on suggested options to rename the Federation Project. We will announce the new name for Federation when the mine is commissioned.