The Golden Triangle region in northwest British Columbia has been a focus of mineral exploration and mining activity for over 150 years. Early discoveries included significant gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead and molybdenum deposits throughout the region. Today, a rise in commodity prices and improvements in infrastructure have made the Golden Triangle one of the hottest mineral exploration districts in the world.
Industry, Indigenous groups and all levels of government are working together to encourage responsible resource development in the Golden Triangle and ensure positive outcomes for sustainable, lasting economic development that supports local communities. Socially and environmentally responsible resource development rooted in local partnerships is the new way of doing business – and B.C. is leading the way.
Discover New Prospects in the Golden Triangle
For over 150 years, countless prospectors have been attracted to British Columbia’s Golden Triangle by the lure of rich geological terrain encompassing potentially billions of dollars in gold, silver and copper deposits. This once remote region, which covers an area roughly twice the size of Wales, is now accessible thanks to a series of recent infrastructure investments. With renowned geology and proven projects, excellent infrastructure, engaged and supportive Indigenous partners and a regulatory framework that is robust and reliable, the Golden Triangle is uniquely positioned for growth.
- Modern-day Gold Rush supported by:
- Higher gold prices, the discovery of high-grade deposits and two new mines.
- New infrastructure including highway upgrades, ocean port facilities and a $700M transmission line.
- Meaningful Indigenous partnerships.
- $180.8M of exploration expenditure was incurred in the Northwest throughout 2019—a 10% increase over the prior year ($163.8M) and almost double 2017 levels ($99.1M).
- Approximately 41 active companies in the region as well as projects that have Environmental Assessment certificates but require investment to advance to production.
Culture & Community
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
The BCRMA plays a key role in advancing British Columbia’s commitment to lasting reconciliation by demonstrating what meaningful engagement and collaboration with Indigenous nations looks like. Our success stories with the Nisga’a Nation demonstrate the vast opportunities for joint decision-making, wealth and capacity building, employment, revenue sharing, investment, economic growth, and partnership with Indigenous nations and businesses across the entire mining life cycle.
Nisga’a Treaty Provides Certainty for Industry
The Nisga’a Final Agreement is British Columbia’s first modern treaty and a landmark in the relationship between Canada and its Indigenous peoples. It is the first treaty in B.C. to provide constitutional certainty in respect of an Aboriginal people’s right to self-government, recognizing Nisga’a Nation’s ownership of and jurisdiction over its lands and opening the door for joint economic initiatives in the development of its natural resources. Nisga’a Lisims Government actively seeks to engage potential investors willing to explore opportunities on its land.
“Many companies investing in B.C. have figured out that collaborative relationships with Indigenous governments are creating improved investment certainty.”Regional Chief Terry Teegee, B.C. Assembly of First Nations
Supporting Economic Development and Community Sustainability
By creating opportunities for information sharing, economic capacity building, employment and skills training, the BCRMA is on a mission to create a thriving, inclusive and sustainable mineral exploration community in the Northwest. Every year, we support over 100 Indigenous youth to attend AME Roundup to learn about the mineral exploration and mining industries, meet and network with active mining proponents, and observe meetings and panel discussions involving leadership and staff.