CSRM, Mining and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples throughout the world have complex relationships with the mining industry. They often experience mining-induced harm due to poor industry practices and lack of recognition of their collective and individual rights. In some cases, significant economic benefits have also been generated via employment, enterprise development and benefit sharing. SMI-CSRM has worked to understand the range of issues facing indigenous peoples in mining contexts in Australia, Asia, North and South America, the Pacific and the Arctic.

CSRM employs a range of research methodologies to examine Indigenous issues at local and international levels. We aim to develop plain-language, practical guidance for use by companies, contractors, Indigenous groups and individuals. We also conduct qualitative and quantitative studies, and publish academic and public outputs of our findings.

We have a track record of working with mining companies and Indigenous communities to evaluate and improve their practice in the following areas:

Indigenous employment

  • Attraction, retention and career development
  • Barriers to work and employment readiness
  • Employment impact evaluation (inc mobility and skills development)
  • Indigenous women in the workforce
  • Cultural awareness

Indigenous enterprise development and business integration

  • Supplier development programs
  • Capacity identification
  • Good practice in Aboriginal business procurement

Indigenous governance issues

  • Agreement negotiation, implementation and evaluation
  • Free, prior, informed consent
  • Benefit sharing approaches
  • Multi-party governance structures and practices

Impacts on Indigenous communities and culture

  • Impact assessment
  • Gender
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Mine closure planning

Publications