On June 22nd, 2012, Sagamok Anishnawbek and Vale Canada Ltd. signed the Totten Mine Project Impact & Benefits Agreement. In 2015, Sagamok Anishnawbek and FNX Mining Company Inc. signed the Victoria Advanced Exploration Project Impacts and Benefits Agreement. The two agreements (collectively “the IBAs”) describe how Sagamok will participate in the following areas: environment, employment and training, contracts, and procurement.
In response to the opportunities described in the IBAs, Z’gamok Enterprises Inc. was formed as a wholly owned Sagamok organization with the mandate to maximize the economic development opportunities of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation within its traditional lands and within the Northern Ontario region.
In 2019, ZEI created a limited partnership with Sagamok Anishnawbek called Z’gamok Construction LP (ZCLP) to carry out the contract opportunities stemming from the IBAs and began performing ore haulage, site services and custodial services at the Totten and Victoria mine sites.
As of today, the companies have over 65 employees in the community as well as 10 haulage subcontractors from Sagamok, Manitoulin and surrounding areas. Our primary clients are Vale Canada Ltd., KGHM International and Sagamok Anishnawbek. Other clients include TESC, Patrick Sprack Limited, Day Group, Cecchetto & Sons, Aecon Construction, in addition to a wide range of other industry partners.