What is the relationship like for the company with the Heiltsuk First Nation?
For many years the company has worked closely with the Heiltsuk First Nation. The team at the worksite are all Heiltsuk, and former Heiltsuk Band Council member Ross Wilson is an Advisor to Kisolite Corp.
What is the formal relationship with the Heiltsuk First Nation?
Currently, a Memorandum Of Understanding specifies terms and conditions of the mutual working relationship, with both parties presently defining further terms for a Community Benefit Agreement.
What are the impacts?
The impact on traditional use is fully supported by the company providing mineral clay to the Heiltsuk Tribal Council and community. For jobs, the company is committed to jobs and training. To the economy, creating local jobs is highly beneficial. Environmentally, the site is extremely remote, has a small footprint, and is being carefully approached to minimize impacts on both the site and the mineral clay.
How much mineral clay is there?
Rescan Environmental Engineering analyzed and 3D modeled the deposit and estimates that 389,402 metric tonnes are in situ.
Are there other similar clays out there?
No. Not to our knowledge and understanding. Published commentary states that the mineral clay at Kisameet Bay is unique in particle size, surface area, composition, and activity.
What makes this clay different than other clays?
We believe the geological source of the clay, mode of deposition, location of the deposit and time all play a role in its unique mineral signature, particle size, shape, and surface area.
How can you explain sustainability in the case of a finite resource?
We have learned that very small amounts of the mineral clay may be required for dosage, measured in grams, so then measured in grams the deposit is large. Sustainability for the Heiltsuk First Nation is also measured in means that contribute to the well-being of the economy, and the economy of the region.
Can Kisolite be replicated?
In situ, Kisolite is a complex raw ingredient, a natural mineral matrix that requires proprietary processing to consistency. Replication would be difficult, cost prohibitive and unnecessary due to the large volume of inventory in the deposit.