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Casino Mine Project

Central Yukon
Casino Mining Corporation
2014 – ongoing

Ausenco served as a liaison between Casino Mining Corporation and Little Salmon / Carmacks First Nation to ensure effective communication and transparency in the consultation process.


The Casino Project (the Project), proposed by the Casino Mining Corporation (CMC), is located 150 km northwest of Carmacks and 300 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon. The Project is designed to process approximately 120,000 tonnes per day (t/d) or 43.8 million tonnes per year (t/y) of copper ore and 157 million tonnes of gold ore over a 22-year mine life. During the life-of-mine operations, the Project will produce an estimated 5.72 million ounces of gold, 30.26 million ounces of silver, 3.58 billion pounds of copper, and 325 million pounds of molybdenum. The Project is expected to employ approximately 1000 people during the 4-year construction period and another 600 annually throughout operations.

The main components of the Project include the Open Pit, the Tailings Management Facility, the processing facilities, the Heap Leach Facility, temporary ore stockpiles, and associated mine infrastructure components. The project is located within the Traditional Territories of the Selkirk First Nation, Little Salmon / Carmacks First Nation (LSCFN) and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and in the asserted area of the White River First Nation. Casino submitted a Project Proposal to the Executive Committee of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) in January of 2014 and has since been referred to a Panel review.


Ausenco has provided Casino Mining Corporation (CMC) with strategic assessment advice, socio-economic and consultation support as the project advances through the environmental and socio-economic assessment process under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA).

We assisted CMC with participation in an intensive consultation program with LSCFN. In this role, we led the community consultation related to all aspects of the proposed project. Key responsibilities included the development and design of consultation materials, coordination and facilitation of community meetings, and gathering of community information related to interests and concerns on the proposed project. we served as a liaison between CMC and LSCFN to ensure effective communication and transparency in the consultation process; this included all logistical aspects of the community work, preparing meeting summaries and an overall summary of the consultation process for submission to YESAB. Our teams worked closely with Casino’s legal team to satisfy the requirements of the consultation agreement between both parties. We continues to support CMC in their ongoing consultation on the project in anticipation of the submission of the Environmental and Socio-economic Effects (ESE) Statement for Panel review.

We also serves as an advisor to Casino in their navigation of the YESAA process. In this role, we has undertaken a detailed review of Casino’s Socio-economic effects assessment as well as traditional knowledge content, and prepared comprehensive responses to information requests received from YESAB. Ausenco will also undertake the revised Socio-economic baseline and effects assessment in accordance with the ESE Guidelines released by YESAB for the Panel review. Ausenco acts as a technical lead on traditional land use studies led by the affected First Nations as well as leads the incorporation of traditional knowledge into the overall effects assessment.


  • Yukon based experience working with First Nations and in designing and executing effective First Nations and public consultation processes.
  • Specific experience in progressing socio-economic studies through YESAA.
  • Designing socio-economic studies and traditional knowledge incorporation for Panel review.