This program provides an overview of the legal and regulatory instruments that govern sustainable practices throughout the lifecycle of a mine. It offers a new framework for making business decisions — one that goes beyond the “business as usual,” and considers human and Indigenous rights, climate change and anti-corruption laws and regulations that advance sustainability in the mining industry.
By the end of this program, you will have the skills to contribute to the success of current and future mining projects with an understanding of:
- today’s complex legal and regulatory instruments that directly affect business operations, both in Canada and internationally
- the participation of Indigenous peoples in the mining sector, including Indigenous governance and law
- the role of corporate social responsibility and how CSR has evolved into a discussion of business and human rights
- Canadian anti-corruption legislation and international efforts that affect mining activities
- the role of mining in Canadian and international and climate change efforts.
Who is this program for?
This program benefits:
- in-house counsel
- lawyers in private practice
- mining industry professionals
- mining sector service professionals (for example finance, investment, consultancies)
- Indigenous business and community leaders
- government representatives.
The program comprises five online modules over five weeks that follow the business lifecycle of a mine.
Week 1: Introduction to the business of mining and sustainability
Week 2: Introduction to Indigenous peoples, governance, law and FPIC
Week 3: Exploration, land tenure and resource ownership
Week 4: Developing and operating a mine
Week 5: Closing a mine
Meet your instructor and course co-authors
Instructor and course co-author Daniela Chimisso Dos Santos, BA, LLB, LLM, SJD, is an expert on mining and sustainability. She has practised law in the oil, gas and mining industries for more than 20 years, and has extensive national and international experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Asia. Read Daniela’s full bio.
Course co-author Chastity Davis-Alphonse is a member of the Tla’amin Nation and is Principal/Lead Consultant for Chastity Davis Consulting. She has worked with Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies and organizations, including BC Hydro, BCLC and the Federal Department of Justice, to build strong, meaningful and productive relationships between Indigenous communities, corporations and government. Ms. Davis-Alphonse is the founder of Deyen - An Invitation to Transform, an online learning platform that centers the voices, knowledge, wisdom and lived experiences of Indigenous women.
How am I assessed?
This is a pass/fail course without formal grades. Weekly mandatory pass/fail quizzes check for your learning. You also interpret and critique a domestic or international case study to demonstrate your understanding how Indigenous Peoples, sustainability and business decisions intersect within the context of the mining industry.
Expect to spend approximately 5–7 hours per week to attend online lectures and to complete all learning activities and coursework. We suggest you allow a maximum of 10 hours for the case study.
All materials are provided in the course and are accessible within each module, and in a comprehensive virtual resource library which can also be exported and uses as a reference tool after the course concludes.
To take this course, and for the best experience, we recommend you have access to:
- an email account
- a computer, laptop or tablet using Windows or macOS
- a video camera and microphone
- the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
- a reliable internet connection.
This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Live online sessions are held once a week on various weeknights (Pacific Time) for flexibility and accessibility for all students. During these sessions, explore course topics in depth with your instructor and visiting experts, participate in Q&As, explore the case studies, and network with your peers. Please note attendance is not mandatory, and the sessions are recorded for your review later.
In between sessions, access a rich library of course resources, including video lessons, required and suggested readings, more than 20 videos of interviews with experts, case studies, legislation documents and primary and secondary sources.