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May 17/2016: Cranbrook, BC:

The Ktunaxa Nation Council and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) today announced the signing of an Impact Management and Benefits Agreement that will create numerous long-term benefits for the Ktunaxa people and increased certainty around future sustainable mining development in the region. The agreement relates to production at Teck’s steelmaking coal operations within Ktunaxa ?amak?is (Ktunaxa Nation Territory) in British Columbia’s Elk Valley region. Spanning approximately 40 years and all five operations, it is one of the most comprehensive agreements of its kind in place in Canada and sets out commitments for both parties in the areas of:

 Consultation and engagement

 Environment and land stewardship

 Employment and business opportunities for Ktunaxa citizens

 Cultural resources management

“As Ktunaxa, our roles as stewards and protectors of the land are vital to who we are,” said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair. “This agreement affirms the commitment the Ktunaxa Nation and Teck have to protecting and rehabilitating the environment, providing economic opportunities for Ktunaxa communities and citizens and protecting Ktunaxa culture and language.”

A brand new information circular released by the BC Geological Survey summarizes the importance of the coal sector to our region and province. 

Extending along the northwest-southeast structural grain of the Rocky Mountain Front Ranges in southern British Columbia, the East Kootenay Coalfields includes three fields: Flathead, Crowsnest, and Elk River. In the last 20 years, these fields have produced more coal than the rest of British Columbia's coalfields combined. Since 1898, over 780 million tonnes, mainly of metallurgical coal, have been produced from the Crowsnest and Elk River fields. The East Kootenay fields produce coal from multiple seams in the Mist Mountain Formation, a 100 to 700 m thick unit of sandstone, siltstone, shale, and mudstone in the middle part of the Kootenay Group (Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous). Most coals in the Mist Mountain Formation are coking coals. They are predominantly medium-volatile bituminous in rank and have low sulphur contents. High-volatile A bituminous coals occur near the top of the unit; low-volatile bituminous coals occur near the base of the section. Since 2008, Teck Coal Limited has been the operator and primary owner of all five active mines. These mines produce about 70% of Canada’s total annual coal exports.

Click Here to Download Information Circular 2015-10 - The East Kootenay Coalfields

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting 7:00 PM at the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines Office located at:

Suite 201 #45; 16 - 11 Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC, Canada

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our office is open to any needs you may have.  We have a wide variety of resource books in our library and a microfiche system available for research.  We also have an assortment of maps on site and knowledgable staff to assist you.  We are currently trying to expand our Resource Library to accommodate all of our books and research items.

We are pleased to show off our brand new website.  Our last website served us for over 5 years and it was definitely time for an update.  

The new site is designed so that you can navigate all areas of the site with little effort.  The site is also optimized for viewing on your smartphone, tablet, and also your PC.

While we are always striving to improve the quality and quantity of the content available on   We are always looking for suggestions and feedback from you so that we can provide all our members with the most current and up-to-date information about  issues facing explorationists in our industry and in the East Kootenays.

You can provide information to us by contacting us HERE.


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Take a quick tour

Progress continued on the core storage facility located near Fort Steele, BC. Last year saw improvements to the facility which included fencing, construction of core racks. Core was transported to the site, organized, documented and racked, Core is now onsite from notable properties including the Sullivan Mine, Estella, and Vulcan.

For more information on the Fort Steele Drill Core Library please contact,

Jason Jacob (250) 464-9559

Paul Ransom (250) 427-7088

Brian Kostiak (250) 417-3965

For more photos of the the core storage facility, click HERE.

Geoscience BC has released a compilation of ground station ground data found in the East Kootenay region as part of SEEK (Stimulating Exploration in the East Kootenays).  The SEEK project is funded by Geoscience BC and is a partnership with the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines.

The report and data compiled and authored by Ted Sanders can be found at the Geoscience BC website by clicking HERE.

Geoscience BC News Release

Geoscience BC, in partnership with the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, is pleased to announce the launch of the SEEK (Stimulating Exploration in the East Kootenays) Project. The goal of the SEEK Project is to increase economic activity related to mineral exploration by acquiring, compiling and adding value to public and private sector mineral exploration information.

"There are many indications of significant undiscovered potential and under-explored prospects in the East Kootenays," said Ross Stanfield, President of the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines. "The SEEK Project will help attract interest to our area and provide new information on mineral potential to support and increase exploration activity and investment and hopefully lead to new discoveries and developments in the region."

The East Kootenays have a long and successful history of mineral exploration and mining. One of the world's largest lead-zinc mines, the former Sullivan Mine, sustained the economy of Kimberley and the East Kootenay region for almost 100 years. The initial phase of the SEEK Project will capitalize on the region's rich exploration history, concentrating on compiling existing mineral prospect and exploration information with a particular focus on capturing knowledge from local prospectors and exploration geologists. This local knowledge represents invaluable information that is not yet in the public domain.
"The component of the SEEK Project to capture local exploration knowledge represents an innovative approach to increasing the mineral information database in the public geoscience record," said 'Lyn Anglin, President and CEO of Geoscience BC. "The wealth of information that resides in the local exploration community is an invaluable resource and we look forward to the results of the SEEK Project as a test case of this type of approach."

A major project goal is to attract new interest in East Kootenay exploration projects. To help accomplish this, project results will be highlighted and distributed with new marketing materials that target investors and active exploration companies. In addition, it is anticipated that this project will identify future geoscience and mineral exploration research projects that will further contribute to economic development in the region.

Dr. Russell Hartlaub, faculty member in the Department of Mining and Mineral Exploration at BCIT, will manage all activities as project coordinator. He will be working closely with Geoscience BC staff and the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines to deliver this project. Geoscience BC's Minerals Technical Advisory Committee will provide technical oversight on the project. More details on specific project activities will be posted as they become available at

For more information, please contact:
C.D. ('Lyn) Anglin
President & CEO
Geoscience BC
(604) 290-1194

The East Kootenay Chamber of Mines [EKCM] is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1992 to actively promote mining interests in south-eastern British Columbia. Our membership includes representation from the general public, prospectors, geoscientists, resource companies and mine personnel who have an interest in the coal, base and precious metals, and industrial mineral sectors.

The EKCM primary objectives are to:

  • encourage support for exploration and mining activities through increased public awareness and understanding
  • inform and educate our members with respect to current issues affecting the Mining Industry
  • represent our membership when dealing with legislative and regulatory issues
  • act as a local Industry advocate in addressing policies and initiatives

Our Board of Director's, elected from membership, meets every 4 to 6 weeks in Cranbrook to review current events, manage finances, establish priorities and delegate responsibility. General membership meetings are scheduled 3-6 times per year throughout the region.

The EKCM is currently attempting to increase membership from resource companies and supply/service organizations. The support of Mining Industry representatives is neccesary to strengthen the mandate of the EKCM and to ensure the interests of our members and industry are well-represented.


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