VANCOUVER – President Vikki Quocksister of the Yukon Federation of Labour (YFL) will be in Vancouver at the AME BC Roundup Conference promoting Yukon’s most important natural resource – its workers.

“Our message is that Yukon’s workers want to be part of the current development conversation in the north,” said Quocksister. “For safety, for productivity, and for the highest quality of work, you cannot beat union workers. We want to be part of solving the labour challenge in Yukon.”

Quocksister will take this message to the exhibits, presentations, and workshops of the 30th annual conference of the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia. AMEBC represents thousands of members including geoscientists, prospectors, engineers, exploration companies, suppliers, producers and associations engaged in mineral exploration and mine development throughout the world.

Sessions focussed on the Yukon include: Yukon Night, organized by the Yukon Chamber of Mines (Monday evening), British Columbia, Yukon, and Alaska: Mineral Exploration and Mining Highlights (Tuesday), and a special short class by the AME BC Aboriginal Relations Committee entitled Aboriginal Awareness: A First Nations Perspective (Friday afternoon).

A recent summit organized by the Yukon Gold Mining Alliance prior to the Yukon Geoscience Forum in Whitehorse focussed on meeting the challenges of labour recruitment and retention in the Yukon. But to this point, industry and trade unions have not connected, Quocksister said.

“We can provide a highly skilled work force in partnership with mining exploration and development, and we want to offer increased apprenticeship opportunities in our communities,” she said. “We want to be a partner, that’s the bottom line.”

The Roundup runs January 28 to 31, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC. Over 8,000 participants took part in 2012.

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