All claims controlled by WAM as well as proposed development infrastructure lie on lands owned by the State of Alaska and are subject to State of Alaska mining claim regulations.
As part of the Western Alaska Minerals culture, our commitment to the local communities involves building strong relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and open communication. We share common goals including environmental stewardship and maximizing local employment as part of our work force. Beginning in 2017 when WAM was still private, we also began offering local training programs and scholarship initiatives in the nearby villages. In addition to hiring contract companies from these villages, we are delighted to share that between 2022 and 2023, approximately 30 members of our camp workforce hailed from the nearby communities of Galena, Nulato, Koyokuk and Kaltag, with an impressive payroll of >USD$478,000.
Furthermore, we take pride in the fact that we welcome leaders from the nearby communities to the Illinois Creek Mining project annually so that they may see and better understand our project and what we do.
These examples of collaboration, ongoing communication, and transparency reflect our steadfast commitment to responsible operations in western Alaska and support our goal of developing long-term relationships in the surrounding villages.