Collaboration at its BEST: Mattagami First Nation Mattagami first nation collaboration with I Am Gold can generate thousands of jobs in Canada. Know how will it impact economic growth of indigenous peoples? Collaboration at its BEST: Mattagami First Nation It’s Time for Change (ITFC) is pleased to share and shine a light on one of its own partners, Mattagami First Nation. Recently, Mattagami First Nation’s commitment to partnership and collaboration has resulted in the announcement by I AM Gold’s decision to proceed with the construction of the Côté Gold Project. The Côté Gold Project is anticipated to generate 1,000 jobs; 450 of which plan to be hired during construction, $5 billion in wages and more than $10 billion in GDP in years to come. First Nations partners, Mattagami First Nation and Flying Post First Nation have a great deal to look forward to, but also future employees, partnerships and coordinating efforts are still needed to ensure this works for everyone. The economic growth opportunities, jobs and procurement possibilities can drive economic development and growth, which can contribute greatly to the social and economic well-being of their respective communities. Mattagami First Nation Chief Chad Boissoneau said the project created new opportunities for his community: “Our community is celebrating this announcement. This is the culmination of years of diligent work on both sides,” Boissoneau stated, “Côté Gold will have a significant positive impact for future generations. There are considerable business development, education and training opportunities for our community – we are pleased we can move forward..” Collaboration and partnership is behind the wheel helping drive Canada’s economy, but what do you think? “Since signing the IBA (impact benefit agreement) in 2019 we have been eagerly awaiting a project decision and are extremely pleased it has arrived,” stated Flying Post First Nation Chief Murray Ray.